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The American Civil War Museum Announces Dr. Rob Havers as New CEO & President

Headshot of Dr. Havers facing the camera.

RICHMOND – The American Civil War Museum is pleased to announce that Dr. Rob Havers has been selected as its new Chief Executive Officer beginning March 1, 2021.  Dr. Havers was chosen for the position from an esteemed group of applicants in a year-long national search, and joins the Museum after serving as President/CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his time at the Pritzker, Havers served as President/CEO of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. 

Dr. Havers has extensive museum, research library, archival, and not-for-profit management experience with an academic background based in military history and strategic studies.  Additionally he has in depth experience in strategic planning and vision for nonprofit cultural institutions.  He has also been a leader in media outreach planning, and was instrumental in the expansion of the Pritzker Presents series, “Citizen Soldier,” to PBS markets across the country.

Havers commented about his new position, “I am delighted to have been chosen to helm what is one of the most significant cultural institutions in this country which is at the forefront of telling the story of the Civil War and its legacies to new generations of Americans. The Civil War still exerts a grip on our imagination and likely will do so for many generations to come. I look forward to returning to Virginia and to seeing this institution being nationally recognized as the preeminent Civil War Museum.” 

Dr. Havers is a published author of several books and articles on military history, is a former recipient of a Fulbright Award and served as Fulbright- Robertson Visiting Professor of British History Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He also served as Professor of War Studies at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

ACWM Board Chairman, Dan Stoddard said, “We are very excited to have Dr. Havers joining our team at this critical juncture in history.  His proven leadership ability, along with his extensive background in both academic and public history make him an ideal person to lead the Museum.”

The American Civil War Museum explores the stories of the American Civil War and its legacies from the perspectives of soldiers and civilians, and free and enslaved African Americans.  Through dynamic exhibits and an unparalleled collection of Civil War era artifacts, the Museum seeks to show the parallels between history and current culture.