DENVER, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- History Colorado today announced its board of directors, after a thorough national search, unanimously selected interim leader Steve Turner as the sole finalist to become the organization's next executive director. The board will take formal action on this at its June 15 meeting.
Turner has led the organization since August following the retirement of Ed Nichols.
"Steve has lived and breathed our mission for the past eight years, gaining respect from his colleagues and partners along the way," said Ann Alexander Pritzlaff, chair of the board of directors. "He continues to demonstrate his skill at managing large government agencies and executing a strategic vision in a way that brings people and partners together."
Turner has worked with History Colorado since 2008, including six years as director of the State Historical Fund and the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation.
"Steve is a champion of preserving Colorado's history and a highly effective executive uniquely suited to lead History Colorado," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "Under his direction, the organization has strengthened finances and relationships with key partners while staying true to its mission. We look forward to supporting him as he takes History Colorado to the next level."
Ongoing strategic efforts include the development of a new five-year exhibit plan for the History Colorado Center with a strong focus on Colorado history, utilizing the organization's vast collection of 15 million items to broaden the audience appeal. Another area of focus is strengthening connections to communities working with History Colorado's statewide Community Museums.
"Steve is recognized nationally as an effective and passionate advocate for preserving Colorado's history," said Barb Pahl, senior vice president for preservation field services at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Colorado is fortunate to have its historic preservation efforts spearheaded by such a capable leader."
About History Colorado
History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state's memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit HistoryColorado.org or call (303) HISTORY for more information.
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