Sands Point Preserve Conservancy appoints new executive director

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy appoints new executive director
The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy appointed Jeremiah Bosgang to serve as its new executive director. (Photo courtesy of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy)

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy has announced that Jeremiah Bosgang will be its new executive director.

Bosgang, who has served as the conservancy’s film and television production manager since 2012, will suceed Beth Horn, who is stepping down from the position after five years. Karli Hagedorn, chairman of the conservancy, touted Gosgang’s familiarity with the 200-acre estate, formerly owned by the Guggenheim family, and said everyone is looking forward to new projects and events on the horizon.

“We are delighted that Mr. Bosgang is able to assume the position of executive director,” Hagedorn said in an April 5 press release. “His knowledge of the Conservancy, as well as our staff, stand him in good stead as we enter our busy season and embark on a number of exciting projects.”

“I am truly grateful to Karli and the Board for trusting me with this role and I am excited to prove myself worthy of helping them to lead our wonderful Preserve staff and supporters in continuing the growth, vibrancy and relevancy of all that is the awesome Sands Point Preserve,” Bosgang said.

Hagedorn lauded Horn for her work at the conservancy, wishing her success in future endeavors.

“The conservancy is enormously grateful to Beth Horn for her leadership and vision during her time as executive director,” Hagedorn said. “She brought an unprecedented level of excellence to our programming and led us through the difficult days of the pandemic with aplomb. We wish her every success in the future.”

Bosgang, who has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program, has experience in content development within various departments of television networks, studios and production companies.

Bosgang played a role in developing “Seinfeld” as a network executive and was vice president of development at MTV, senior vice president of programming at FX, executive vice president creative at the Howard Stern Production Co. and executive vice president of television at Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

His work as production manager includes overseeing all on-site media projects at the conservancy, including Showtime’s “Billions,” USA’s “Mr. Robot,” HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” NBC’s “The Black List” and others.

The preserve includes the 50,000-square-foot Hempstead House, built in 1902 by financier Howard Gould. Gould sold the estate in 1917 to mining tycoon Daniel Guggenheim, whose family built several other houses on the property.

After Guggenheim’s death, his widow, Florence, auctioned off the house’s furnishings, and during World War II she allowed 75 British refugee children to live in Hempstead House while foster homes were organized for them.

Florence Guggenheim later donated 162 acres of the estate, including Hempstead House and Castle Gould, to the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1942, resulting in their use as offices and laboratories.

Once naval operations moved to Florida in 1967, the land was declared government surplus, but in 1971 Nassau County acquired 127 acres for public recreational use. With the remaining 90 acres deeded to the county after Florence’s son Harry died, the estate was restored and rechristened the Sands Point Preserve.

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