The Woodlawn Cemetery
and Conservancy announced
Thursday that Mitch Rose will
retire as president and chief executive
offi cer effective Sept.
Rose, who joined Woodlawn
in 2010 as vice president, has
been president of Woodlawn
since 2014 and has worked in
the death care industry for
more than 30 years. He will remain
engaged with the Board
of Trustees in a consulting capacity
through the end of the
Rose has led the organization
to achieve several milestones
including the establishment
of Woodlawn as a Level
IIArboretum, the launching of
the innovative workforce development
to Crafts Careers”; the Bronx-
Chamber of Commerce Non-
Profi t of the Year Award in
2017; as well as the completion
of a detailed Master Plan to
further multiple construction
projects including the recently
completed renovation and restoration
of the historic Woolworth
Chapel and Crematory.
“It has been my great honor
and privilege to serve as the
President and CEO of Woodlawn,”
Rose said. “I am proud
of the organization we are today
and the impact we’ve had,
serving thousands of families
annually with professional,
dignifi ed services. Our success
represents the collective
efforts of a dedicated Board of
Trustees, a talented staff and
innovative partners and constituents
who have inspired
us to think creatively about
the relevance of a cemetery in
a community and explore new
directions. I could not be more
excited about what’s next for
this remarkable organization.
I have enjoyed this role and the
fabulous people I have worked
with, but after more than 11
years, I’m ready for a new challenge.”
Rose’s professional achievements,
in addition to those
noted above, include being an
active member of numerousprofessional
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is vice president of internal affairs
for the International Cemetery,
Cremation and Funeral
Association, sits on the Board
of Directors for New York State
Association of Cemeteries and
is past president of the Cremation
Association of North America.
Rose received a B.S. in business
administration from University
of Central Florida, an
A.A.S in funeral service from
Ogeechee Tech Community College
and an A.S. in ornamental
horticulture from Santa Fe
The Board of Trustees has
selected Edward Markiewicz,
Woodlawn’s vice president of operations
to serve as interim president
while the board undertakes a
national search for a new president.
Markiewicz, who has
served in various capacities at
Woodlawn since he fi rst arrived
in 1989, will assume the role of
interim president on Sept. 11.
Mitch Rose, CEO of Woodlawn Cemetery, is retiring effective Sept. 10,
2021. Rose has been with Woodlawn since joining as vice president in
2010. Photo courtesy Woodlawn Cemetery
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