Mayor announces new Lincoln Parks and Rec director
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced Tuesday that Maggie Stuckey-Ross will be the new director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Stuckey-Ross will replace current director, Lynn Johnson, who is retiring in June after 22 years in the position.
“As Foundation Director, Maggie has forged the partnerships that will make her successful as the head of our beloved parks and recreation system,” Gaylor Baird said. “She is a proven leader and team builder and has the knowledge and talent to build on the venues, services and programs that Lynn has so carefully and skillfully developed.”
Stuckey-Ross has been the head of the Lincoln Parks Foundation since December 2017. Since then, she has increased its endowment assets from $9.5 million to nearly $17.3 million.
Previously, Stuckey-Ross served as the Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Nebraska Foundation and senior manager of corporate partnerships for the Arbor Day Foundation.
“I am proud to follow in the footsteps of my mentor and friend, Lynn Johnson, from whom I have learned the true meaning of servant leadership,” Stuckey-Ross said. “Like the incredible team of this hardworking Department, I care deeply about advancing excellence and equality in parks, recreation, and environmental conservation. By engaging with passionate volunteers and diverse partner organizations, we can improve the quality of life for all people. I’m excited to get to work.”