Dr. Silverman received a B.S. in Natural Science from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Science Education and a Ph D. in college administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught Earth Science for two years in South Australia, then was an instructional administrator at colleges in Mississippi and North Carolina before starting a career in fund-raising and development. He returned to Austin in 1989 and has spent the last 6 years as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Austin.
Mark Blumenthal, ABC founder and Executive Director, said, "Wayne's expertise was evident in his personal presence and in the growth of the Federation over the past six years." During his tenure, Silverman raised more than $9 million through annual, special, and capital campaigns. He successfully led a $5.8 million capital campaign to build a 22-acre multi-use site to be called the Dell Jewish Community Campus.
"I became familiar with the work of ABC through Mark's support of the Jewish Federation. At his invitation, I eagerly shifted to an organization positioned to continue to make a significant contribution to world health and conservation through the next millennium," Silverman said.
Dr. Silverman will oversee management of ABC's rapidly expanding staff as well as provide leadership for fund raising and development of new projects and publications. As consumer and professional interest in herbs continues to expand at record levels, the demand for accurate, reliable information on the responsible use of herbs is at an all time high.
"ABC had come to the point, like many other fast-growing organizations, where we needed professional, experienced management," said Blumenthal. "Dr. Silverman will help ABC grow to the next level of operational activity as we continue to provide herbal educational materials to the lay and professional public."
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