Dr. Sean Preston is Leaving the National Corvette Museum After a 19-Month Leadership Stint


Dr. Sean Preston is Leaving the National Corvette Museum After 19-Month Leadership Stint

Photo Credit: Dr. Sean Preston / Facebook

A retired real estate executive who has supported the National Corvette Museum since it was being organized in the 1980s is stepping in to serve as interim CEO, following an announcement today that Dr. Sean Preston will be leaving after a 19-month stint as president/CEO.

“We are grateful to Dr. Preston for the commitment and talent he brought to both the National Corvette Museum and the NCM Motorsports Park,” NCM Chairman of the Board Glenn Johnson said. “Dr. Preston made a positive impact on our organization, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions.”

A familiar face will take over while a search firm hired by the NCM conducts a nationwide search for a new CEO. Former NCM Board of Directors Chairman Jack Matukas will be leading the organization until a permanent replacement is found.

“We thank Jack for his willingness to once again serve the NCM,” Johnson said.

Jack Matukas

Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum

Dr. Preston joined the NCM in July 2019 after serving as president of a non-profit independent school in Portland, Oregon. Previous stints for the career educator included service as Founding Foreign Consulting President of the American School of Zhengzhou in China, Founding President of John Crosland School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Executive Director of Cypress Heights Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Matukas, meanwhile, has been a long-time volunteer for the NCM, having served on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2015, including time as chairman in 2012 and 2013. He and his wife Donna have been involved with the organization since they became inspired with the NCM’s mission after visiting the Museum Annex in Bowling Green in 1989 and subsequently became Founding Members. The two are Lifetime Members of the NCM, in the Spire Society, members of the NCM Motorsports Park Acre Club, and have participated in the R8C Museum Delivery Program numerous times.

The interim leader can be reached at [email protected].

Editors Note
CorvetteBlogger would like to extend to Dr. Preston our thanks and appreciation of his work in support of the National Corvette Museum. Good luck in your future endeavors.

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  1. Hmmm. Pretty short tenure. Hope he’s on his way to bigger and better things. I was heartened with all the improvements and updates completed and in progress. Before he came the museum was stale, with major displays over 20 years old.

  2. Catbert, I completely disagree. The museum is geared towards an older crowd so they don’t need to update things frequently because it wouldn’t be appreciated to begin with. The museum has been doing very well over the last twenty plus years, it’s one of the most popular places to visit in America. The museum brings on average half a million visitors a year! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  3. Is this more of the “cleaning house” strategy that we’ve been seeing of late, or is Dr. Preston just looking for his next best challenge that his career history seems to suggest? It’s not obvious to me why he was interested in this position in the first place, but apparently he was and the museum board must have likewise been interested in him.
    Good luck to Dr. Preston and to the museum board members.

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