JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center has announced the selection of a new executive director.
On Tuesday Jackson Center officials said Susan Moran Murphy is the new executive director. She will fill the vacancy created by Tom Schmidt, who was hired in May 2015 to fill the position on an interim basis.
The selection was made after a regional search and selection process.
Murphy’s resume includes over 25 years of leadership, campaign, committee and task force service experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. For almost twenty years, Murphy has been on the Board of the Chautauqua Foundation, and is currently serving her 5th term. Additionally, she has served as a trustee for both the Chautauqua Institution and Detroit Country Day School, and served as President of the Friends of the Arts Association for three consecutive terms.
Prior to her appointment at the Jackson Center, Murphy was Director of External Affairs at Detroit Country Day School, a 1600 student, four campus independent school in Southeast Michigan.
Jackson Center board chair Doug Neckers said in a media release that Murphy is a longtime resident of Chautauqua Institution and knows the many opportunities and challenges facing Chautauqua County and its communities. He said she also brings a national perspective to the Jackson Center.
The Jackson Center, located in downtown Jamestown, is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice embodied in the achievements Robert H. Jackson.