9/11 Memorial & Museum Names New Leader

Elizabeth L. Hillman, the president of Mills School, has been appointed president and chief govt of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Decrease Manhattan.

The board made the place official on Thursday, saying Hillman, 54, who served as a U.S. Air Pressure house operations officer within the Nineteen Nineties earlier than changing into a legislation professor within the 2000s, can be the third particular person to steer the group and would begin in October. She replaces one of many museum’s founders, Alice M. Greenwald, who stated in December that she was stepping down after 16 years there.

Former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who serves because the establishment’s chairman, stated in an announcement that Hillman “brings a rare set of skills from her experience as college president managing large institutions through challenging times, as a veteran who is still relied upon by our armed services, as a historian whose deep sense of service is grounded in a lifelong commitment to learning, and as a trailblazer who has fought for justice and equality her entire career.”

Different board members celebrated Hillman’s experience with the navy, like Adm. William H. McRaven, retired, a trustee who stated in an announcement that this background has “prepared her to lead this institution and meet those sacred responsibilities” of making certain that new generations perceive what occurred in 2001.

“With the selection of Beth Hillman,” Greenwald stated in an announcement, “both the Museum and the Memorial will continue to thrive in service to our nation as a landmark site of commemoration, education and inspiration.”

Nonetheless, Hillman is an unconventional alternative to steer a company that has struggled lately to cowl its excessive bills, get well its viewers dimension and retain workers. She has by no means labored for a museum, and whereas she was the president of Mills School in California, the school merged with Northeastern College due to low enrollment and troubled funds. In July, the Oakland Metropolis Council handed a decision urging an investigation into the merger, calling it “sudden, confusing, and done with very little transparency.”

When you think about making modifications in establishments, Hillman stated in an interview, “that creates some repercussions that are sometimes tough on people.”

“I’m really gratified by the results,” she added. “We saved jobs and made new pathways for students.”

When an govt recruitment agency reached out to Hillman to ask if she was desirous about main the establishment, she had not but visited the galleries, however rapidly rectified that.

“It’s a remarkable story of resilience,” Hillman stated, reflecting on her go to, including that she needed to see the museum “continue telling the powerful and impactful story of Sept. 11 to reach new audiences.”

Critics of the museum’s earlier management have been cautiously optimistic that Hillman’s outsider perspective and background in navy justice — she had experience in sexual violence and gender points within the navy — would assist curators write the establishment’s subsequent chapter. In any case, little has modified throughout the website’s galleries since they opened in 2014.

Elizabeth Miller, the daughter of a firefighter who died on Sept. 11 and a former museum worker, stated that Hillman ought to revisit how the story of that day is informed. “Most of the time, change can be uncomfortable,” she stated. “But I want to go to a museum where messages of peace and inclusivity are present.”