Rock and Roll Hall and Museum names new president and CEO

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E) – The famous Rock and Roll Hall and Museum named 47-year-old Greg Harris as its new president and CEO, the museum announced Monday.

Harris was the Museum’s vice president of development since 2008, before succeeding former CEO Terry Stewart. The announcement, held at a morning news conference at the Rock Hall on Lake Erie, said that Harris’ new position will take effect on January 1, 2013.

“I’m honored to be entrusted to lead the organization that preserves and presents this amazing art form for future generations. Rock and roll is deeply rooted in our culture and when interpreted through a museum, provides a powerful forum to teach and inspire. Through Terry Stewart’s leadership, the staff has put this institution on solid ground. The Rock Hall is in the best shape ever, and I’m looking forward to a tremendous future,” the new CEO said.

Harris has curated the National Baseball hall of fame and Museum in New York for 14 years and has a graduate degree in Museum Studies. A music lover, he has also served as a road manager for a touring band and has played the guitar in garage bands.

Meanwhile, Terry Stewart, who has held the post for over a decade, said, “Since coming to the Rock Hall, Greg has gained deep institutional knowledge and built excellent relationships with the entire Rock Hall team and the Cleveland community. Without question, he has the experience and capability as well as the passion, energy and strategic vision needed to lead the Museum to new heights.”

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