Western Reserve Historical Society Names New Leadership
Board President Appointed Executive Director, New Board President Named
CLEVELAND, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) completed a major phase of its reorganization with the announcement that it has named a new executive director and president of its board of trustees. The Society announced today that Patrick H. Reymann, president of the Society's Board of Trustees, has been named executive director of the society. Simultaneously, executive board member James A. Schoff was named to succeed Mr. Reymann as board president. Both changes will be effective October 8, 2002. "This new combination of Schoff and Reymann as board president and executive director is exactly what our organization needs at this time," said executive committee member David Sunderhaft. "We have two strong leaders with outstanding business backgrounds and long lists of accomplishments who are both deeply committed to the society." Reymann has been a member of the board of trustees for 16 years and President of Board for the past 8 years. The Board has previously shown its unanimous support of Reymann by asking him twice to extend his presidency beyond the term limits outlined in WRHS policy. Schoff has been a member of the board for 11 years and a member of the executive committee for years. In addition to the two new appointments, the museum's Interim Director, Kermit Pike will be assuming broader responsibilities at the society in his role as chief operating officer. "I couldn't be more pleased about Pat Reymann's decision to take our offer to become the new executive director of the historical society," said Schoff. "Several of us approached Pat recently to consider this unprecedented move. We are very grateful for his continued commitment. "He is an excellent choice because he has the team-building skills to get things done and because of his extensive qualifications that include knowledge of all aspects of the society, experience in fundraising, strategic planning and financial and operational management." Jim Schoff brings to the role of president broad-based leadership experience and expertise as well as a successful Cleveland business and active civic presence. "I look forward to working with Jim on moving all aspects of the society ahead, including the plans for the new Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry," said Reymann. "Jim is very well known throughout the business and civic communities of Cleveland. The society will greatly benefit from having Jim as our President. "I also look forward to focusing on our core mission -- education. I firmly believe that we can make the Western Reserve Historical Society the undisputed best educator in the nation in the history museum field," said Reymann. We are already considered to be one of the best according to the Institute for Learning Innovation." At present, the WRHS has more than 90,000 students a year visiting the various sites of the society. With the addition of the Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry, that number is expected to grow to approximately 200,000 students a year. Reymann also commented that there will be a place at the society's table for everyone, from the prominent families who helped build and shape Cleveland to the newest immigrant to the area from a third world country. "The board agreed that even if we were able to find another candidate with Pat's qualifications, it would be very difficult to find someone else with Pat's passion and dedication to the mission of the WRHS," said Schoff. "Pat has a deep emotional stake in the WRHS that is not likely to be found in seeking and securing another executive director." Reymann has an extensive 30-year background with non-profits as lawyer, advisor and trustee. He is currently a partner with Buckingham, Doolittle, Burroughs in Akron, Ohio specializing in healthcare law. He joined the Hale Farm & Village Standing Committee and the Board of Trustees of the WRHS in 1985. By 1987, he was the chair of that Standing Committee, and during his tenure in that position, he headed a committee for developing a strategic plan for the site and spearheaded a capital campaign for a new visitor center. In 1994, he became President of the WRHS Board of Trustees. Schoff has 30 years of experience as both a corporate attorney and business executive. He currently serves as senior investment officer for Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, having previously served as that company's chief operating officer. He is also president of Near West Theatre and a member of the Cleveland Play House Board of Trustees. Schoff holds an A.B. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from Cornell Law school. Reymann has been active in the community in other roles as well. He oversaw the renovation of the Akron Civic Theater, led the initiative to develop a strategic plan for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and has served as President of the Portage Country Club, where he successfully completed a major building renovation campaign. Reymann has a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where he graduated magna cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an M.A. and a J.D. from Stanford University. Pike obtained his B.A. in social studies and his M.A. in American History from Case Western Reserve University. He has compiled and edited the four major guides to archival collections and was instrumental in establishing urban, ethnic, African-American and Jewish archives programs. During his tenure, the library has grown into one of the largest family history research centers in the country. The Western Reserve Historical Society is Cleveland's oldest cultural institution, and serves the community by preserving and presenting the history of northeast Ohio. The Society currently owns and operates six historical sites in the region. For additional information, call (216) 721-5722, or check out the web site at www.wrhs.org . MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X85435626
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