By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Stephanie Whitlock, who has worked with grants and publishing in the nonprofit sector, is the new executive director of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, which operates the Architectural Heritage Center and serves as a catalyst for local preservation efforts.
Whitlock, who has a doctoral degree in history from the University of Chicago, has worked for the past 15 years with the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts in Chicago, which funds and arranges programs in the field of architecture.
Her work in Chicago included directing special programs, organizing public exhibitions, talks, design competitions and other programs about architecture and the built environment. She also served as the foundation’s interim director.
Whitlock succeeds funding director Cathy Galbraith, who retired earlier this year after 25 years of service.
The foundation, named for the late preservationists Jerry Bosco and Benny Milligan, was created in 1987 to encourage the preservation and re-use of historically and architecturally significant buildings in Portland. The foundation arranges programs and exhibits at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave.
It also offers docent-led walking tours, advocates at the state and local levels and raises funds for preservation projects.
“As the Portland region undergoes dramatic change in its urban landscape, the work of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Center become all the more critical,” said Fred Leeson, the foundation’s board chairman.
Leeson said that Whitlock will work to promote the foundation’s original collection of more than 16,000 architectural artifacts, most of which were saved from demolitions by Bosco and Milligan between the 1950s and 1980s. She also will expand relationships with governmental, business and architectural communities, Leeson said, to increase public awareness of Portland’s unique architectural and cultural heritage.