(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TR Medora Foundation), in cooperation with the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF), announced today that Randy Hatzenbuhler will serve as the Executive Director for Development for the TR Presidential Library, while continuing his role leading the TR Medora Foundation as its
President. He will join newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Edward O’Keefe, for the next phase of this historic project.
Hatzenbuhler, a Mandan native, has worked for the TR Medora Foundation for over 30 years and has been part of raising over $60 million in gifts that have further developed Medora, the gateway community to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He began his time there working alongside the TR Medora Foundation’s first president, Rod Tjaden, and the organization’s founder, Harold Schafer; Hatzenbuhler has served as its President since 1997. During his time in Medora, he has been instrumental in leading growth in tourism, fundraising, and physical development in and around Medora.
The TR Medora Foundation Board of Directors approved action to collaborate with the TR Presidential Library by dedicating Hatzenbuhler’s work to raising the funds needed for the Library and Museum.
Ed Schafer, former North Dakota Governor and United States Secretary of Agriculture, is the current Chairman of the TR Medora Foundation. He commented, “My dad, Harold, loved ‘big things’ and he loved working hard to make big ideas a reality. Our family has committed our resources and time for decades to the place that so impacted Theodore Roosevelt, who ultimately impacted the world as President of the USA. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is a big idea for North Dakota and for the nation. And all of us at the TR Medora Foundation are excited and committed to help it become a reality.
“Randy has built a strong management team at the TR Medora Foundation, so we are in a unique position to have him focus his energy on the Library and continue to provide our organization with strategic leadership. He’s just one example of how these two organizations can work toward success together. That’s great news – and a good deal – for the people of North Dakota, and all the supporters of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
Schafer concluded, “We are pleased the TRPLF has confidence in the TR Medora Foundation to contract with us to provide fundraising leadership for this incredible project.”
Hatzenbuhler noted, “It makes sense to have our two organizations work together because you get the best of both worlds: national appeal and local connection. This kind of integration will leverage TRMF’s five decades of experience in the Badlands, while connecting folks who love Theodore Roosevelt to a place he loved, as only his Presidential Library can.
TRPLF Chief Executive Officer, Ed O’Keefe, remarked, “Medora has always attracted dreamers and doers. The Marquis built it, and T.R. claimed it in the 19th century; Harold revived it in the 20th century, and TRMF has made it a must-see experience for the 21st century; and, now, we will embark together to make Medora a destination for the 22nd century and forevermore.
“In essentially loaning their most valuable player, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has committed a selfless act in the best interest of Medora, the state of North Dakota, and this incredible project. I have much to learn from Randy, and look forward to working with him as my partner in this audacious capital campaign. I am personally grateful to Chairman Schafer and the TRMF Board for their generosity of spirit and commitment to a collaborative partnership.”
These two foundations will continue to operate as separate entities, but this cooperative agreement for fundraising leadership better positions the TRPLF to raise the necessary funds. The TR Medora Foundation and the TRPLF will continue to seek to maximize efficiencies and expertise in areas of fundraising, administration and leadership – both working toward the good of Medora and North Dakota.