The Teton Science Schools (TSS) Board of Directors announced today that Eric Weinheimer has been selected as an interim CEO to lead the organization while the Board conducts a national executive search to fill the position permanently. Former CEO Chris Agnew moved on from the organization in January.
Eric most recently held the role of President and CEO of Forefront, a 1,100-member organization that supports foundations and nonprofits in working collectively for community benefit. Prior, Eric was President and CEO of Cara Chicago, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive training, job placement, and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Eric has also engaged in inequity, diversity and inclusion work in nonprofit environments, experience that will provide TSS additional leadership in these organizational priorities.
“Eric brings extensive nonprofit management credentials, including strong financial acumen to balance mission and margin,” said TSS Board Chair Kristie Wade. “His experience in long-term non-profit and business leadership will provide the bridge and oversight that TSS needs during this interim period.”
As a first step, Eric will be spending time on each of the TSS campuses to get to know executive leadership and programmatic staff. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to support Teton Science Schools in continuing to achieve its mission during this time of transition,” Eric noted. “My vision is to be a thought partner for the institution by helping current leadership move the TSS strategic plan forward while the executive search is underway.”
Eric will officially join the organization on February 16, 2021.
Teton Science Schools (TSS) inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. For more than 15,000 learners per year, the place-based approach increases engagement, learning, and community impact. Located on four campuses in Jackson Hole, WY and Teton Valley, Idaho, TSS programs include Mountain Academy, an independent school serving students preschool through 12th-grade students, field education for schools and visitors from around the world, educational wildlife tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, educator development and a national network of rural, place-based education schools. www.tetonscience.org.