Historical Museum Names Replacement For Longtime President
By Samantha Joseph
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida has named Robert McCammon interim president following the Feb. 20 resignation of longtime president and CEO Andrew Brian.
Mr. McCammon, former interim president at the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium, takes the post Mr. Brian held for nearly 19 years.
"I’ve been thinking about it for a while," Mr. Brian said of his departure. "I felt that it was timely for me and a reasonable time for the institution because we didn’t have any major things going on."
He said he parted amicably with the museum, has no immediate job prospects and is considering moving out of Florida.
"I’ve been there for close to 19 years, so it’s a good long run. It was time for me to go, just seek some new opportunities," Mr. Brian said. "I’m just looking around, decompressing for while and seeing what the options may be."
William Holly, who will begin a two-year term as museum chairman in April, praised Mr. Brian’s work with the institution. "We love Andy," he said. "We think he’s great."
Mr. Brian’s departure comes amid the museum’s plans to operate a new location on behalf of Miami-Dade County. County officials are exploring a deal to purchase the 79-year-old Freedom Tower and include restoration of the historic building in a $1.6 billion bond issue set to go before voters in November. If the move is successful, the Historical Museum would convert the building into a museum.
The plan is the Historical Museum’s main focus until the November vote, Mr. McCammon said. He is set to head the museum until the election, after which the museum would begin a national search for a new president, he said. "There’s no intention to even think about it until early next year probably."