Autry National Center of the American West appoints Richard ‘Rick’ West, Jr. as new President and CEO

. June 30, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Board of the Autry National Center of the American West has announced W. Richard ‘Rick’ West, Jr. will be joining the museum as its new President and CEO. He will be taking leadership of the organization as it moves into the next critical phase of its development as a premier museum, education center and research institution bringing together diverse experiences, collections, and stories that make Western history come alive.

With a Master’s Degree in American History from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford University, Mr. West spent decades in the legal arena, much of his work focused on Native American and tribal issues. In 1990, he became the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. During his 18-year tenure, he oversaw NMAI’s successful development, design and construction and then growth as the leading institution dedicated to the representation and interpretation of the indigenous cultures of the Western Hemisphere. Most recently, he served as the Interim Director of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

As President and CEO, Mr. West will be responsible for all operations at the Autry from collection development and financial sustainability to institutional growth and visitor experience. He will oversee a team of 160 professionals as well as 300 volunteers, all dedicated to the Autry’s core mission.

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