Bob Jaeger co-founded Partners for Sacred Places in 1989 and currently serves as Executive Director. Mr. Jaeger was formerly with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as Senior Vice President for the Historic Religious Properties Program.
He is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation.
Mr. Jaeger holds a Master's degree in Preservation Planning from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
POSITION Partners for Sacred Places
1989 to present 1700 Sansom Street, 10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-3234, ext. 12
Executive Director. Co-founded Partners for Sacred Places, America's only national non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship and preservation of older, community-serving religious properties. Oversaw the development and delivery of a series of significant resources for congregations, including the highly successful New Dollars/New Partners training program, and regional offices in Texas and Pennsylvania.
1984 to 1988 Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation
Senior Vice President and founder of the Historic Religious Properties Preservation Program. Founded and edited Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine for historic religious properties.
1981-1983 Historic Ithaca & Tompkins Co. Ithaca, New York
Consulting work including preparation of Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation, National Register nominations, and a comprehensive survey of Art Deco architecture in west-central New York.
1978-1981 IBM Corporation White Plains, New York
Served on human resources staff for Data Processing Division. Broad experience gained in recruiting, training, and employee opinion surveys.
1981-1984 Cornell University Ithaca, New York
M.A. in Preservation Planning, May 1984.
Coursework included the history of American architecture, historic resource survey and documentation, preservation law, and the economics/financing of neighborhood preservation. Thesis topic: The history and preservation of the auditorium church and Akron Plan Sunday School.
1976-1978 The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree, May 1978, with emphasis in organizational behavior.
Publications Author or co-author of Sacred Places at Risk, Conservation of Urban Religious Properties, Sacred Places in Transition, and Religious Institutions and Community Renewal. Founding editor and columnist for Inspired magazine, 1986-1989.
Presentations National Conferences: Sacred Trusts I to VII; conferences of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Methodist Commission on Archives and History, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Senior trainer for New Dollars/New Partners program.
International, national and regional conferences, including: “What Future for Which Churches” in Quebec; "Amazing Space" in Indianapolis, Indiana and "Icons of Faith" in Lubbock, Texas; others sponsored by the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, Duke University Divinity School, the Tallahassee Preservation Board, the Florida Historical Society, the Cornell University preservation program, the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Presbytery of Detroit.
A. Robert Jaeger
Partners for Sacred Places
1700 Sansom Street, 10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-567-3234, x 12
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