Caleb M. Schutz has been hired as the first chief executive officer at historic Oatlands.
Schutz, a Leesburg-area resident, brings an extensive résumé for growing nonprofit organizations and developing innovative educational platforms. He led IBM’s strategic entry into global philanthropy, earning a number one ranking worldwide for brand, reputation and effectiveness. He then served as president and trustee of the MCI Foundation, growing the foundation from $1 million to nearly $20 million and creating the K-12 internet content partnerships. More recently, Schutz was credited with rebuilding the National Geographic Society’s JASON Project from bankruptcy into one of the most recognized, fully funded and iconic STEM brands in the country.
“We are excited that Caleb will lead Oatlands into the future,” Oatlands Board Chairman Douglas R. Miller stated. “His impressive non-profit and business credentials, local and national network of contacts, multi-million-dollar fundraising record, and compelling vision to preserve and strengthen Oatlands will take our treasured historic site to the next level.”
“I’ve lived in Leesburg for many years and have always loved Oatlands,” Schutz stated. “The story of Oatlands reflects the soul of America. I’m filled with enthusiasm to build upon the progress that Oatlands has made over the last few years and to lead the effort to ensure Oatlands remains one of the most significant sites in Loudoun County and the region.”
He said properties like Oatlands offer a special environment for people to learn about the past.
“I think the country is moving from watching things to wanting to experience them, so the goal is to enable visitors to use the historic structures and gardens as much as possible,” he said. “There are the pure scholars, and there are the people who enjoy the land —it makes them feel good—to be present in history. And I think we want to provide for both. And that means that the structures need to be pristine and useable.”
Schutz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The CEO post is a newly created position. Previously, Oatlands, which is owned by the National Trust and led by a local board of trustees, was managed by an executive director. Bonnie LePard left that post in January and operations this year have been led by Matt Kraycinovich, Oatlands’ director of development who served as interim executive director during the nationwide executive search. In the new leadership structure, Kraycinovich will serve as chief operating officer.
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Oatlands is a 415-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark located along Rt. 15 south of Leesburg. The property features an 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the second oldest greenhouse in the nation. For more information, go to oatlands.org.