The Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens board of directors didn’t have to look far to find a new leader.

This week, they named Sean Joyce — the estate’s chief financial officer and vice president of operations — as president and executive director.

Joyce has been serving as interim director since former chief Linda Conrad stepped down from the post in October. She is retiring from the organization in February.

The board said Joyce’s oversight of finances and business operations made him instrumental in transforming Stan Hywet into a financially stable nonprofit.

Joyce, 46, also serves as president of ARRC Inc., Stan Hywet’s for-profit subsidiary.

“Sean has an impressive talent for envisioning the big picture while also grasping the details and their impacts on this very complex organization,” board chair Brian Cherkala said. “He has been a wonderful partner to Linda Conrad during her tenure, and promises to continue the momentum they began together with the team.

Joyce has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles with both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. He resumé includes stints as chief financial officer for Goodwill Industries of Akron, chief financial officer of Integrity Parking Systems and director of accounting for Standard Parking Inc.

“I am excited to carry our work forward with this amazing organization,” Joyce said in a prepared statement. “I am committed to leading our team in a way that continues to make a positive impact on our community by honoring the Seiberling legacy, as well as the efforts put forth by our staff, board and volunteers.”

Away from Stan Hywet, Joyce is vice chair of the University of Akron’s Finance Advisory Board, and the founding and current board president of Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, a nonprofit group formed in 2008.

He’s also a former Rotary member and has supported Crouse Elementary School and St. Barnabas Parish, in addition to coaching soccer, basketball and baseball.

Joyce received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Akron.

Stan Hywet Hall, the family home of Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his wife, Gertrude, is a National Historic Landmark and the nation’s sixth largest historic home open to the public.

The estate includes five historic buildings and eight historic gardens on 70 acres.

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