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Graycliff’s leader leaving after 12 years

The longtime executive director of the Graycliff Conservancy in Derby has announced her resignation.

Reine Hauser, who has held the position for the past 12 years, said she would leave in the second quarter of this year.

“Reine has been our very talented professional leader, and the driving force behind the Graycliff Conservancy’s successful efforts to transform the Graycliff estate from a ‘teardown’ to a recognized landmark Wright creation, and a legacy to Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius here on the shores of Lake Erie,” said Charles Le Fevre, Graycliff’s president.

Le Fevre said that during Hauser’s tenure, annual tour admissions tripled, memberships doubled and more than $4 million was invested in the historic structures and landscape.

“All of this positive momentum will continue on pace, though Reine’s passion and vision will be sorely missed — especially by those who have long worked closely with her,” Le Fevre said.

The board has begun the process of seeking Hauser’s replacement.

The nonprofit Graycliff Conservancy was founded in 1997 to acquire, restore, and provide public access to the complex of three buildings located on more than eight acres of rolling lawns and gardens that were also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The estate is a New York State Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.