“After an extensive search process, we are delighted that Stewart McLaurin will be our new President. He has strong ties to the historic community, proven fundraising experience and understands the importance of our educational outreach. With the opening of the White House Visitor Center in the coming months, the commemoration of the War of 1812 and numerous publications underway, we are delighted to have Stewart at the helm,” said Fred Ryan, Chairman of the White House Historical Association.
Ryan added, “His selection culminated a search led by Denise Grant and Mary Tydings of Russell Reynolds Associates. In the process, they considered over 300 individuals for this key position. We were delighted to see such interest in the White House Historical Association by so many exceptional candidates.”
“”I am thrilled and humbled to be named president of the White House Historical Association and I am grateful to the Board for this honor. I am eager to work with the White House staff, the National Park Service and so many who love our American History to educate and inspire visitors to Washington and others around the world on the historical importance of the White House,” stated McLaurin.
McLaurin currently serves as Executive Vice President, American Village Citizenship Trust, a unique national educational institution located on a 183-acre campus in Montevallo, just south of Birmingham, Alabama. Its work is focused on teaching youth America’s legacy of liberty, remembering the price of liberty, and promoting public regard for the Constitution and America’s charters of freedom. The American Village engages about 35,000 students a year from all over Alabama and surrounding Southeastern states.
Tom Walker, President and CEO of the American Village, said: “We extend our heartiest congratulations to the White House Historical Association and to our colleague Stewart D. McLaurin. We will miss Stewart’s great talents, knowledge, and passion but I am happy to know the White House Historical Association, one of America’s premiere historical associations, and the American public will benefit by his dedicated service.”
McLaurin previously served as Vice President of Mount Vernon for the Fred W. Smith National Library, Executive Director of the award-winning Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, Chief of Staff to President John J. DeGioia at Georgetown University, Executive Vice President of Education for the Motion Picture Association of America, Manager of Public Affairs for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Chief of Staff to American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole.
McLaurin replaces Neil Horstman, who retires this year after serving the WHHA with great distinction for nearly 20 years.
The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature and films, school programs, and maintains a website interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports the acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and contributes to the conservation of the public rooms.
The WHHA established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, a research and educational institute housed at a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. The Center will provide ongoing educational programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public on the history of the White House and the President’s Neighborhood. Plans include a digital library, which will offer unparalleled opportunities for online research and distance learning; lecture programs for public audiences and scholarly symposia for academic audiences; tours for the general public on a scheduled basis; and open houses and family days on focused themes.
The WHHA has been working with the National Park Service to significantly expand and update the White House Visitor Center. Scheduled to reopen in late 2014, it will be an essential destination in Washington, D.C.