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President and Chief Executive Officer Deerfield, MA

Historic Deerfield has selected John Davis as the next President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume his new role later this summer.  

John Davis is currently the Interim Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and previously was Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research at the Smithsonian from 2017 to 2020.  As Provost, he was responsible for 19 museums, 9 research institutes, 22 libraries and archives, and the National Zoo.  Prior to his time with the Smithsonian, Dr. Davis was Executive Director of the Terra Foundation for American Art's Global Academic Programs and Terra Foundation Europe. Before his work at the Terra Foundation, Dr. Davis was the Alice Brown Pratt Professor of Art and served for five years as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development at Smith College.  

Dr. Davis is a distinguished figure in the field of American art history. He holds a Ph.D., M. Phil., and M.A. from Columbia University, and an A.B. from Cornell University, with honors in Art History.  He taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities before joining the Smith faculty in 1992 and has served as a visiting professor in France, Belgium, and Japan. He has lectured at over 60 museums and universities and is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society.

Anita Tien led this search with Ryan Leichenauer.


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