Secrest Arboretum Curator Announced

Good afternoon, CFAES community. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Veil as curator of the Secrest Arboretum. He will begin on January 16, 2018.

Jason brings nearly 20 years of experience in both the green industry and public garden management to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Most recently, he served as curator of horticulture for The Trustees of Reservations where he coordinated the initial documentation, improvement, and promotional efforts of 11 diverse public garden properties across the state of Massachusetts.

Jason has a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from Penn State University and a master’s degree in plant collections curation and management from the University of Delaware.

I want to thank the faculty and staff who participated in the search committee. This position is extremely important to the college and the community of Wooster. We were fortunate enough to have a competitive pool of candidates, and their work helped identify the individuals that were best suited for this position.

I believe Jason’s education and experience along with his enthusiasm and compassion for plants will not only enhance the Secrest Arboretum but also inspire the next generation of horticulturists. Please join me in welcoming Jason to CFAES and the Wooster community.



David A. Benfield, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration
Director, Wooster Campus

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