“If It Was Easy, Anyone Could Do It: Training Professionals for History Institutions” by Rick Beard

The following individuals have direct responsibility for museums studies, public history, or professional development programs:

  • Rebecca Conard (Professor & Director, Public History, Middle Tennessee State University)
  • John Durel (coordinator, Developing History Leaders @SHA (SHA), formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration)
  • Benjamin Filene (Director of Public History/Professor of History, University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
  • Modupe Labode (Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis)
  • Yolanda Leyva, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas-El Paso)
  • Denise Meringolo (Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus)
  • Martha Morris (Assistant Director of Museum Studies, George Washington University)
  • Dennis O’Toole (past coordinator, SHA)
  • Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, (Director/Distinguished Professor, Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program)


The following professionals work or have worked in senior management at history organizations:

  • Charles F. Bryan, Jr. (President Emeritus, Virginia Historical Society and founding partner in Bryan & Jordan Consulting)
  • Christy Coleman, (CEO, American Civil War Museum)
  • Priscilla Cooper (Vice President of Institutional Programs, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)
  • Barbara Franco, (Founding Director, Seminary Ridge Museum)
  • Kathleen Franz (Curator of Business History, National Museum of American History)
  • Todd Groce, (President & CEO, Georgia Historical Society)
  • Nicola Longford, (Executive Director, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)
  • Richard Rabinowitz (President, American History Workshop)
  • Kent Whitworth, (Executive Director, Kentucky Historical Society)
  • Ken Yellis (Principal at Project Development Services)