New Bedford Whaling Museum Conducting National Search for Next President

New Bedford, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum is conducting a national search for its next President. The Museum announced earlier this summer that James Russell, former President, had accepted a new position at the Nantucket Historical Association. Russell had been an outstanding leader of the Whaling Museum since 2008 and under his leadership the Museum notably expanded its programming and educational mission.

A central focus of the Museum’s mission is regional and maritime history, and the celebration of the communities and cultural ties near and far. Additionally, the Whaling Museum’s content and partnerships reach far beyond the boundaries of southeastern Massachusetts, to national and international audiences. The Museum’s strong financial standing, healthy endowment, new slate of exhibitions and programs, and exceptional senior management team leave the Museum well-positioned to attract an experienced leader who can implement a dynamic strategic vision.  

After interviewing many well-qualified professional search firms, the Museum selected Koya Leadership Partners, who are experts in executive placement for cultural, educational, and historical non-profit institutions and museums.

Although a new President won’t likely be placed until early 2018, the expansive search process will result in a leader who continues to innovate and creatively amplify the impact of the institution and the region on a national and international level. Meanwhile, the Museum continues its steady cadence of activities, including new major exhibition openings and programming this fall.

CONTACT: Tina Malott
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit