The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has promoted Gregory Harris to its President and CEO.

After a nationwide search for a new President and CEO, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. board approved the 47-year-old Harris, who holds a graduate degree in museum studies and whose industry background also includes curatorial, membership and sponsorship experience. Since 2008, Harris has served as the Vice President of Development.

“Throughout the search process, all of the voting was unanimous for Greg,” said Board Chair William W. Rowley, who headed a seven-member search committee, in a statement. “His passion for music, his tremendous success as our head of development and his strong track record at the Baseball Hall of Fame provide an outstanding combination of skills that will help drive the continued success of the Museum.”

Harris will succeed the current President and CEO, Terry Stewart, who announced in May that he will retire at the end of 2013. A transition is set to begin January 1, 2013.

“Since coming to the Rock Hall, Greg has gained deep institutional knowledge and built excellent relationships with the entire Rock Hall team and the Cleveland community,” said Stewart in a statement. “Without question, he has the experience and capability as well as the passion, energy and strategic vision needed to lead the Museum to new heights.”

In his time with the Rock Hall, Harris oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs, and assisted in numerous other areas, including strategic planning and institutional marketing. He also helped to acquire archival collections for the Museum’s Library and Archives and was instrumental in fundraising, planning and execution of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Cleveland.

“I’m honored to be entrusted to lead the organization that preserves and presents this amazing art form for future generations,” said Harris in a statement. “Rock and roll is deeply rooted in our culture and when interpreted through a museum, provides a powerful forum to teach and inspire. Through Terry Stewart’s leadership, the staff has put this institution on solid ground. The Rock Hall is in the best shape ever and I’m looking forward to a tremendous future.”

A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Harris holds a B.A. degree in history from Temple University and a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies. He resides in the Cleveland area.

Just last month, the Rock Hall lost another senior member in Jim Henke, chief curator since even before the museum’s opening.

– Carl Harp, WNCX Cleveland


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