Pete Moe

Peter C. Moe

Peter C. Moe has been named the Interim Director of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and started in that new role in December 2015 to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

The interim director announcement was made by Brian Buhr, dean of the U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), which oversees the Arboretum.

Moe has been director of operations and research at the Arboretum since 1991. He is a graduate of CFANS and, along with his role at the Arboretum, he has been an instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science.

"Moe's expertise is in working in rare plant conservation and the evaluation and selection of plants for the northern United States," says Buhr, who credits Moe as being "the common denominator as Arboretum collections have grown dramatically in size and quality."

"Along with collections growth, Pete has been at the core of land acquisitions at the Arboretum, adding forest, wetlands and farmland to showcase conservation and research for visitors. Nobody knows the delicate and vibrant balance of the arboretum better than Pete, and we're delighted that he will bring this experience and vision to the position during this transition," says Buhr.

Tom Martin, president of the Arboretum board of trustees, said, "Peter brings tremendous historical perspective to the position, a love for horticulture and a particular love for the Arboretum, strong Minnesota and northern plants background and a desire to preserve the natural setting of the Arboretum."

The search for a permanent director is underway.