CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Chicago Cultural Mile Association introduced Richard Lariviere, President of the Field Museum, as the Chicago Cultural Mile Association's newest board member. "The Chicago Cultural Mile is incredibly fortunate to have Richard Lariviere join our board. He will bring a unique perspective and unlimited inspiration that will be priceless to our organization," according to J.R. Davis, President of the Chicago Cultural Mile.
Mr. Lariviere was elected President and CEO of the Field Museum in 2012. Prior to that, Lariviere was the President of the University of Oregon, where he cultivated the University's growing reputation for innovation in the classroom and in research, sharpening the University's focus on sustainability and international partnerships. He also served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2009, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2006.
Lariviere was born in Chicago and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He earned his Doctorate in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending time in India, Lariviere built an impressive academic career around the country's languages, histories, religions and culture. He has published articles and several books on Indian legal history. He reads eight languages and speaks French and Hindi. He has conducted research in London, Oxford, Calcutta, Poona Kathmandu, Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Munich, Colombo and Madras, and many smaller cities.
He has had a successful career as a consultant for American and Indian companies in information technology and business process outsourcing. He has also served on corporate boards in the IT industry in Europe and India.
"Mr. Lariviere joins a leadership team that provides an incomparable skill set to the Chicago Cultural Mile. We are also fortunate that under his leadership, the Field Museum has been an active participant in the Chicago Cultural Mile's 2nd Fridays initiative, which provides visitors with free and discounted cultural and artistic programming," Davis concluded.
The Chicago Cultural Mile Association is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unique strengths and diverse offerings available to visitors frequenting the strategic Michigan Avenue location from the river south to Roosevelt Road and eastward to the lake. The association's goal is to affect streetscape improvements, market and brand the Chicago Cultural Mile as a destination avenue, create networking opportunities for businesses and institutions along the Mile and build a premier merchant-based advocacy group for citizens and stakeholders of the district.
For more information please visit chicagoculturalmile.org.
SOURCE Chicago Cultural Mile Association