Scott Stewart, Ph.D., is executive director of the Millennium ParkFoundation and, for the past
two years, served as the Lurie Garden director. In these roles, he is responsible for maintaining the artistic, architectural, cultural and ecological integrity of Millennium Park and Lurie Garden. Scott is passionate about the role and value of public space –particularly free, open public spaces that combine cultural and natural areas themes. His goal: bring plants, people and places together in public spaces of sharing, learning and culture. Scott has previously served as manager of the Oak Park Conservatory for the Park District of Oak Park, dean of career and technical education at Morton College, director of horticulture and agriculture programs at Kankakee Community College, and as a research biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Scott has published more than 40 articles and written numerous book chapters on topics ranging from native orchid seed germination, to plant propagation techniques for ecological restoration and the role of public space in ecological education. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental horticulture from the University of Florida and bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Illinois College.