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  • mturner4626@aol.com
    This will be a big deal at the AAM meeting in Chicago on the 14th! Hope to see you all there, Mary Mary Turner Illinois Association of Museums Illinois
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2007
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      This will be a big deal at the AAM meeting in Chicago on the 14th!
      Hope to see you all there,
      Mary Turner
      Illinois Association of Museums
      Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
      1 Old State Capitol Plaza
      Springfield, IL 62701

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      Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 7:08 AM
      To: Turner, Mary
      Subject: AAM Names Ford W. Bell New President and CEO
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      May 3, 2007
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      Today AAM announced the selection of prominent educator, scientist and Minneapolis civic leader Ford W. Bell for the position of president and CEO. Bell brings to AAM an impressive record of scholarship, commitment to community engagement, proven leadership and a passion for museums as places of lifelong learning and enjoyment. His appointment comes after an extensive search among nearly 275 candidates.
      "I look forward to working with an outstanding board of directors, a rock-solid organization and an exceptionally talented staff to create an even stronger platform for AAM to advance America's museums," said Bell, who will begin his new role on June 1. "Today, more than ever, museums are an integral part of the foundation of our civic life in America. They help us understand each other, as well as ourselves, and in doing so allow us to face the challenges of the future, grounded in the lessons of our shared history."
      Succeeding Edward H. Able Jr., who retired last year after 20 years of service, Bell has a longstanding relationship with the museum community. He helped raise $103 million as a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through its "Bring Art to Life" capital campaign. In addition, his grandfather, James Ford Bell, was a driving force in building and developing the Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, renamed in his honor in 1966. Certified as a veterinary oncologist, Bell credits his many visits to the museum with fostering a lifelong love of nature and science.
      "I believe that America's museums are a cornerstone of learning and inspiration for all ages," Bell said. "My family and I have seen the value that museums provide for public education and their place as civic institutions and sources of pride in our diverse communities. As our lives provide less time for leisure activities, it is incumbent upon us all to cherish museums as relevant and stimulating places to visit and enjoy. I look forward to strengthening our invaluable museums on a variety of critical fronts."
      Bell has more than 30 years' experience as a nonprofit executive, board chair, donor, trustee, educator and scientist. A candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006, he previously was president and CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, a prominent clinical cardiovascular research organization and one of the country's largest providers of community heart health education.
      Since 1995, he has served as a clinical assistant professor of oncology at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine and presented on a broad variety of topics before foundations, medical associations and universities. He has advocated broadly for science learning, conservation and community health initiatives through his affiliation with a wide range of organizations, including Project EarthSense, the Humane Society and the JASON Advisory Committee, a public-private elementary and secondary school science education initiative of the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History.
      "Ford Bell comes to us with a breadth of experience in our field combined with a vision grounded in public service and scholarship," said Irene Hirano, chair of the AAM Board and president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum. "He is quite simply the right leader at the right time as AAM looks to the next 100 years and the complex challenges facing our members nationwide."
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