The Trustees, the world’s first and Massachusetts’s largest land conversation and preservation nonprofit, has named Michael Busack to the position of Director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard and the Old Manse in Concord.
In his new role, Busack serves as a member of The Trustees’ Senior Management team and oversees the day-to-day operations and management of Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse, two National Historic Landmarks and cultural destinations, as well as a portfolio of area properties including Farandnear in Shirley. Busack joined The Trustees officially on June 24.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael to The Trustees,” says Joanna Ballantine, Trustees’ vice president, western region. “His extensive leadership and community engagement experience and passion for art, nature, history and culture will be a great asset to the organization as we continue our mission to engage new audiences at these significant and storied places.”
Busack has had a diverse career in journalism, history, art, and marketing and communications, serving most recently as the senior director of external relations at the South Shore Conservatory. While there, he provided leadership over multiple teams including marketing, communications, performance and visitor services, led a successful reimagining of the Organization’s brand, and contributed to significant growth in programs, audience, and development initiatives.
“The Trustees are critical stewards of some of Massachusetts’ true cultural gems,” adds Busack. “My childhood in Central Massachusetts, the fortunate home of an abundance of prominent historic and cultural institutions, led to a lifelong love for history, art, culture and natural landscapes. I look forward to working with these talented and dedicated teams to help these special places shine even more brightly.”
Earlier in his career, Busack worked as a marketing and communications manager for a variety of companies and museums, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Historic Deerfield.
Busack holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in political science and journalism. He and his partner, Damien Chandler, live in Gardner.