The Vineyard Preservation Trust announced Friday that Josh McCall will succeed John Klein as the 48-year-old organization’s new Board Chair.

Mr. McCall is a longtime Vineyard homeowner and spent his entire career at Jack Morton Worldwide, a global brand experience agency specializing in meetings, conferences, product launches and events. Prior to chairing the board, Mr. McCall worked with executive director Nevette Previd on the board’s executive committee, where he focused on special projects.

“Josh inspired me to join the Trust and has been a valuable mentor and partner to me from the day I began,” Ms. Previd said in a statement released Friday. “I am excited for all we will accomplish working together as we move forward.”

Mr. Klein will remain on the board as a regular member after serving as chair for two years. He took on the role in 2021 during a period of upheaval for the historic organization, which had just lost its president and executive director amid a police investigation into the Trust’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding applications. During his time as chair, Mr. Klein raised the organization’s endowment and oversaw the hiring of Ms. Previd, who thanked him for his time and service in a phone call to the Gazette Friday.

“The Preservation Trust is in such a good place,” she said. “John Klein was instrumental to that. He put us on a path to success.”

The Vineyard Preservation Trust owns and manages 20 historic properties on the Island, from the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The organization is about to embark on a capital campaign to restore the Grange Hall, whose post-and-beam building dates back to 1859.

Ms. Previd looks forward to working with Mr. McCall as the Trust begins a new chapter.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the appointment of Josh,” she said. “[His] experience at Jack Morton was in huge events worldwide and through those events, understanding how to tell a story.”

“He’s here to help tell the Island story and to tell our story better.”