Jane Lendway, who has led the Division for Historic Preservation since 2003, will step down on December 31.
has been a dedicated public servant and the results of her efforts can be seen in preserved barns in our fields and historic buildings in our downtowns and villages," said Governor Jim Douglas.
Lendway, 57, of Montpelier, joined the Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in 1975.
She served as a National Register and survey programs supervisor; federal and state preservation grants administrator; tax credit project reviewer; Certified Local overnment coordinator, and preservation planner.
Lendway helped develop the Certified Local Government, state grants and Vermont Downtown programs, and served as coordinator of the Downtown Program, which designates downtowns and village centers and administers benefits to them, from 1995 to 2003.
In 2003 she became Acting State Historic Preservation Officer and was formally appointed to the office several months later.
Prior to serving the State of Vermont, Lendway was with the Michigan History Division of the Department of State and National Park Service as a member of Michigan's first historic resource survey team in 1974 and 1975.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a master's in art history from Michigan State University.
She currently serves on the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as chairman of its Infrastructure Committee as well as on the Lake Champlain Basin Program's Cultural Heritage Recreation Advisory Committee.
In addition, Lendway is a Master Gardener who is co-chair of the Washington-Orange County Chapter.
In this role, she
has contributed countless hours to the historic gardens at the Justin Morrill Homestead State Historic Site in Strafford.
"Historic preservation is a development strategy that has stood the test of time," Lendway