DEARBORN, Mich., March 31, 2009 – William Clay Ford, Jr. announced today he will step down as Chairman of the Board for The Henry Ford, a seat he has held for 13 years. The Henry Ford Board of Trustees convened at their regularly scheduled annual meeting and elected S. Evan Weiner as the new Chairman, effective immediately.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve The Henry Ford as Chairman for all these years,” said Bill Ford. “I look forward to continuing to work with this great institution to fulfill the vision of my great-grandfather by celebrating the genius of the past and inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”
Mr. Ford has served on the Board of Trustees for the organization since 1988 and was elected Chairman in 1996. Under his leadership, the institution grew into a national and international multi-day, multi-venue destination hosting more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Two major collaborations, among others, emerged under Mr. Ford’s Chairmanship—Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school on the grounds of The Henry Ford and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, an experience created by The Henry Ford, that offers visitors the opportunity to tour Ford Motor Company’s revitalized Dearborn Truck Plant, part of the Ford Rouge Complex.
“Bill has been an important partner for this institution and a strong supporter of The Henry Ford’s strategic direction,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of the cultural attraction. “His leadership and expertise have been invaluable to this organization and we are grateful he will remain on our board as a trustee.”
S. Evan Weiner is Executive Vice President and COO of Edw. C. Levy Co., a construction materials company with a specialty in road construction and eco-friendly materials manufacturing. The company serves 23 steel mills in North America, Australia and Thailand and promotes involvement and investment in the communities in which it works.
Mr. Weiner joined The Henry Ford Board of Trustees in 2004. He epitomizes community commitment and is currently an executive committee member of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan; a board member of the Beaumont Hospital Foundation, a trustee of The Parade Company; a board member of The Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan; a member of the national council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and co-chairman of the Government Relations Oversight Committee of the Jewish Federation of Detroit.