June 18, 2024

A Letter from Incoming Foundation President

As I begin my tenure for calendar years 2024 and 2025, I want to start by thanking Michael R. Julien for his outstanding leadership as Foundation President in 2022 and 2023.

Mike was President during particularly challenging times, including COVID clean up and significant campus construction. As Foundation President, Mike also served on the Frederik Meijer Gardens Board during unique periods of growth and transition. Mike was a key member of the search process that led to hiring Charles Burke. Mike provided exceptional Foundation portfolio structuring and management. And as always, Mike lent his financial and tax acumen to the Foundation and Gardens.

As a musician and member of his own band (“Franklin Park”), Mike helped plan Society events on the Amphitheater Stage and in the new Welcome Center. We are pleased that Mike will continue to serve on the Foundation Board, a great asset to me and the Board. THANK YOU, Mike!

Together with Charles Burke and Candace Matthews, I look forward to providing leadership over the next two years. There are many exciting projects and programs in the works for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with support by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation.


William J. Boer

Incoming Foundation President