Museum of Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ



Arthur H. Wolf to Lead Museum of Northern Arizona


The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) Board of Trustees in early August, 2000 announced their appointment of Arthur H. Wolf to the position of president/chief executive officer. Wolf will succeed Michael J. Fox, who has served as leader of the Museum and H. S. Colton Research Center over the past seven years and guided the institution as it grew into an intergenerational campus through community partnerships and innovative developments. Fox tendered his resignation to the Board in June, citing a family member's serious medical circumstances. He will assume the position of president/CEO of two University of Louisville affiliates including the planned Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Center of Cross-Cultural Understanding, Respect, and Peace, as well as the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Sports Ethics and Responsibility. (left: Arthur H. Wolf. Photo courtesy of Museum of Northern Arizona)

Wolf currently serves as president of the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon and has also directed the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society of Las Vegas, the Millicent Rogers Museum of Taos, New Mexico, and was curator of collections for the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wolf received his masters in anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has a special connection with MNA after working as a summer assistant in anthropology at MNA in 1976. His research and consultant experiences also include the Arizona State Museum in Tucson and the University of Nebraska State Museum. Wolf, who is widely-published in his field of anthropology and museum studies, has also served on several university committees and, like his predecessor Michael Fox, was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Museums (AAM). Wolf also served as a board member on AAM/International Council of Museums.

"The Trustees are pleased that we have identified an individual with clear understandings of cultural, scientific, and artistic issues and opportunities on the Colorado Plateau. His background in research as well as management of museums is of great value to us at this point in our history. He will bring both understanding of and a strong commitment to the unique mission and vision that was created over the past seven years by Mike Fox and his staff. His strong leadership and fund-raising skills and a commitment to enthusiastically continue the direction and vision to the Museum will ensure a seamless management transition. We are additionally proud to appoint an alumnus of MNA to this position and his knowledge of and respect for the multi-disciplinary resources and mission of our institution will be highly beneficial as the Museum continues on its ambitious path," said Dr. Charles Connell, chair of the MNA Board.

Wolf, who will begin his tenure at MNA on September 18, 2000, has worked nearly two and a half decades in the museum profession. He is making a return of sorts to an area of the country where he has served on the Zuni, San Ildefonso, and Taos museum advisory boards. He has also acted as a member of the Board of Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs and as a juror for Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo art exhibits in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Florida.

"I believe that MNA today is taking on the form of the future for non-profits, by solving societal needs with and through others, while adding value to its traditional programs. My belief in this approach, the chance to return to the Southwest, and the opportunity to work with strong and viable partners are what attracted me to Flagstaff," said Wolf. "The community partnerships are the fulcrum for the continuing balance between research and public education, and allow the definition of stewardship to be expanded to include people and relationships as well as collections and exhibits."

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