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Dallas Zoological Society president Michael Meadows announces retirement after almost 10 years
Oct 31, 2013

Dallas Zoological Society president Michael Meadows announces retirement after almost 10 years, chief executive officer accomplished every goal he set out to achieve at the Zoo


Michael Meadows, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Zoological Society, today announced his intention to retire from his position after almost ten years of leading the organization.  He will stay on through September 2014.

“In 2014, I will have been at the helm of the Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) for ten years.   Without question, it has been an incredible ride and I am very proud of what we have accomplished,” said Michael Meadows, president and chief executive officer, Dallas Zoological Society.  “During this time, we have become the kind of zoo that area residents feel confident in recommending to their out-of-town friends or guests.  I take enormous pride in that and thank each board member, donor, employee and member for helping us achieve it.  While there is still much more to do in order for us to reach our goal of being one of the top 10 zoological parks in the U.S., I believe we are on the right path and our future is very bright indeed. Because of my confidence in our extraordinarily talented team of professionals, board members and volunteers and my abiding faith that this group will keep moving the Dallas Zoo forward, I believe now is a good time for me to retire from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Zoological Society.  I am proud to say that I have accomplished every goal I set out to achieve here at the Zoo and I am ready for my next professional adventure.”

“During the coming months, Michael has agreed to work closely with me and the rest of our board team to help ensure a smooth and successful transition.  My first choice was to convince him to stay but once I realized that his mind was made up, we had to go with a second best option,” said John Levy, Dallas Zoological Society board chair.  “We are in the quiet phase of a capital campaign, and it is important that this effort continues.  This is also true for our very complex daily operations.  So, Michael will continue to work hard to make sure that we don’t miss a beat now or going forward. 

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