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Reed steps down

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Foundation Board will meet to reorganize staff

By Tom Wilmoth

    Robin Reed’s tenure as Foundation president lasted just over two years.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Board of Directors of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation accepted Reed’s resignation. Reed, who joined the Foundation in June 2010, stated that he would be pursuing other opportunities.
    “I have certainly enjoyed working with the great staff and volunteers of the National D-Day Memorial and getting to know the community of Bedford,” he stated in a release. “The highlight of my tenure was meeting the esteemed veterans and their families. We owe them all a tremendous amount of gratitude.”
    For the immediate future, vice presidents April Cheek-Messier and Jeffrey R. Fulgham will share leadership responsibilities of the Foundation. 
    By mid-October, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will   formalize    a   permanent leadership structure.
    Reed originally took the job in 2010, after the D-Day Foundation Board conducted a national executive search launched in December 2009. 
    Reed had worked with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he served as senior director of the Department of Public History, prior to taking the position with the D-Day Memorial Board. He took over from Dr. William McIntosh, who retired after helping the Memorial work through its debt issues.
    Reed’s wide-ranging experience included appointment as project director for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History exhibition “The Price of Freedom,” which traced the history of the American military from the French and Indian War through the War on Terror.  He also served 14 years on the staff of the Museum of the Confederacy, the last eight of which he spent as the museum’s executive director and CEO.  He is a long-standing member of the Virginia Association of Museums, and served as its president.
    Reed began his tenure as Foundation president as the board wrestled with the controversy of what to do with the bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that had just recently been installed. That had created local, national and even international attention, much of it negative. The bust was eventually removed, until Reed said a better suited location could be constructed for it and several other of the busts at the Memorial. It remains in storage today.