Scott H. Harris (Southeast Regional Rep) became Director of the James Monroe Museum in July, 2011. The museum, which is administered by the University of Mary Washington, is the world’s largest repository of artifacts and archives related to James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. For ten years previously, Scott was director of the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. He is a past president of the Virginia Association of Museums and is an AAM peer reviewer for the MAP and Accreditation. Scott is a 2014 graduate of the AAMG Summer Leadership Institute.
Guy C. Vanderpool (Mountain-Plains Regional Rep) is the director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) located on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. PPHM is the largest and most recognized museum in the Texas A&M University System. It is a general museum with over 2.5 million artifacts. The collection ranges from paleotolongy to Southwestern American art. Previously, he served as executive director of the Texarkana Museums System, 1994–2004, and curator of the Dallas Historical Society, 1993–1994 He served for many years on the council of the Texas Association of Museums and was president for two years. He is also an active member of AAM’s advocacy efforts and accreditation program.
We also welcome Tom Shapiro, founder of Cultural Strategies Partners, as an at-large member, with a strategic planning portfolio. Based in Chicago, CuSP helps museums and cultural education organizations succeed by providing tools for improved decision-making: strategic planning; earned revenue and membership strategies; and success metrics. Tom has been a presenter at our Leadership Seminar and attended (and helped to sponsor) many of our conferences. Previously, Tom worked with industry-leading consumer companies to increase their top-line performance, membership rolls and affinity programs, and to develop and promote new offerings. In 2012 Shapiro coordinated and co-authored “Campus Art Museums in the 21st Century: A Conversation” with Peter Linett and the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. This benchmark study engaged leading academic museum directors and related experts to consider. He is currently working with an alliance of 14 college and university-based museums in the Northeast to develop a statistical survey and data repository. For more, see: http://culturalstrategypartners.com/index.php/who-we-are/.