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Int'l Wolf Center hires new director

DULUTH -- The International Wolf Center has hired a new executive director.

Rob Schultz currently serves as the executive director of the Saint Paul Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support of the Saint Paul Police Department. Since 2005, the foundation has provided nearly $2 million in funding and grants for the police department.

"Rob brings a unique set of leadership skills to our team and has an impressive track record of exceeding fundraising goals,'' said Wolf Center board chairwoman Nancy Jo Tubbs in announcing the move.

Schultz succeeds Mary Ortiz, who is retiring after 25 years with the Wolf Center. Starting May 16, Schultz will be based at the Wolf Center's administrative suburban Minneapolis office in New Hope, and will oversee the organization's staff of about 20 employees there and at the Ely Wolf Center.

"For those of us who love the outdoors, teaching people about wolves and wildlands is one of the most important things we can do to protect the wildlife we treasure," Schultz said in the statement.

Schultz in the past served as executive director of YMCA Camp at St. Croix; as director of the Humanities Education Retreat Center near Lake Phalen; and most recently as director of Northern Star Council's successful $25 million capital fundraising campaign, reaching that goal nine months ahead of schedule.

A parks and recreation graduate of Mankato State University, Schultz has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 20 years.

At the age of 27 he was appointed executive director of the International Peace Garden on the US-Canada border in North Dakota and Manitoba.

During his tenure there, Schultz helped increase the park's visitation to over a quarter-million guests annually, making it North Dakota's second-largest tourism destination.

The Wolf Center serves as a focal point of regional and worldwide wolf education and has an exhibit of live wolves in Ely.

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