It’s official! Please help us welcome Dr. Sean Preston to the National Corvette Museum!
Dr. Preston will be taking over for the retiring Wendell Strode who has led the operations at the National Corvette Museum for the last 23 years. Wendell will be staying on with the NCM until January 2020.
Dr. Preston, a native of Atlanta, GA, has relocated from Portland, OR where he served as president of a non-profit independent school for the past year. He has 12-years of experience in leading non-profit organizations and has previously served as Founding Foreign Consulting President of the American School of Zhengzhou in Zhengzhou, Henan, China; Founding President of John Crosland School in Charlotte, NC; and Executive Director of Cypress Heights Academy in Baton Rouge, LA. He has a BS in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Educational Leadership from Troy University, and earned his Doctorate in Educational and Non-Profit Leadership from Liberty University.
Following Wendell’s announcement that he was retiring in May 2018, the NCM Board of Directors formed a search committee to help find Wendell’s replacement. Board member and committee chair Lon Helton detailed the search process:
“The NCM Search Committee teamed with Chicago-based Kittleman & Associates to conduct a thorough nationwide search to find the best possible candidates – and there were many. Sean possesses the leadership skills, diverse qualities, relationships and unique skill sets necessary to collaborate with NCM Board of Directors to expand the mission and strategic objective of the NCM while being mindful of the unique legacy and spirit of the organization. His skills as an innovative leader are proven and we look forward to the NCM’s next chapter with Sean leading the way for the staff, management, volunteers and members. The icing on the cake: Sean is a car guy with a 1954 Corvette and 1972 Corvette in his collection!”
With Dr. Preston’s background as a career educator, it was the academic nature of the position that excites him: “I’m excited to look at the Museum and the exhibits from an outsider’s lens and partner with the team to create new and exciting exhibits. I also think it’s important that we focus on the preservation of the collection. We want to expand the membership base, welcome a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts and become one of the most attended and supported car museums in the world.”
“The National Corvette Museum is a one-of-a-kind organization. There are thousands of museums across the globe, but none other dedicated to Corvette,” said Sean. “I’m head over heels in love with all things car-related, and specifically Corvette. It is an honor to have been named President and CEO.”
Dr. Preston will start officially his duties at the National Corvette Museum on July 1st.
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