July 23, 2004
CW's Rex Ellis named to American Association of Museums Board of Trustees
Rex Ellis, vice president of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the prestigious American Association of Museums, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community.
A national leader in the museum field, Ellis has been a member of AAM for more than a decade and relishes the opportunity to serve in this new capacity. “Not only am I excited to be Colonial Williamsburg’s institutional representative on the board, but I’m excited that I will personally benefit as a senior manager by meeting others in the profession who are dealing with the same issues we are, including the economy, resources, development and training,” Ellis said.
As an AAM board member, Ellis also serves on the organization’s ethics and development subcommittees. During his tenure he would like to see AAM’s diversity task force evolve. “Over the last decade the task force has done a lot of thinking about diversity,” explained Ellis. “I wish I could say that thinking is now reflective in museum staffing, but unfortunately I can’t. As the museum field becomes more diverse we must be more sensitive to recruiting, leadership, incentives, data and expectations as they relate to diversity. We need to do more than talk about it.”
Since 2001, Ellis has overseen the staff development, training, budgeting and general operations of Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area, as well as the planning and presentations of all of the organization’s interpretive and theatrical programs.
Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards and volunteers across the country to better serve the public. The organization currently represents more than 16,000 members – 11, 500 individual museum professionals and volunteers, 3,100 institutions and 1,700 corporate members.
Lorraine C. Brooks