Jeffrey Herbst, the former president of Colgate University, will steer the Newseum through its financial difficulties as its new president and CEO.
Herbst was chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates to lead the Washington, D.C.-based museum dedicated to the First Amendment, according to a press release. The museum touted Herbst’s fundraising acumen as among the reasons for his hire, citing his leadership of a $480 million fundraising campaign for Colgate University.
The Newseum, which was founded by USA Today founder Al Neuharth, has been searching for a new CEO since November, when Herbst’s predecessor James Duff left to become chief administrative officer of the U.S. Courts. He was replaced in the interim by former USA Today editor Peter Prichard.
In a statement, Herbst said he would help preserve the Newseum as an institution that will fight to champion the First Amendment. Read more