National Women’s History Museum Selects Texas Social Activist Carey C. Shuart To Serve As Interim Chair

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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM SELECTS TEXAS SOCIAL ACTIVIST

CAREY C. SHUART TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHAIR

WASHINGTON, DC –June 13, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced that it has selected Texas social activist Carey C. Shuart to serve as Interim Chair of the NWHM’s Board of Directors.  A Houston resident, Shuart is Co-Founder of the Women’s Archive and Research Center at the University of Houston and is a Partner in Shuart Farms at Eagle Lake, Texas.

Shuart has served as a board member of NWHM for the past year and is a Patron of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston.  She also founded and served as President of the Friends of Women’s Studies Advisory Board for a number of years and was awarded the Chair’s Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association for her many volunteer contributions to the university.  Shuart’s selection was made at the June 5 meeting of the Board of Directors in Washington, DC.

“I am very honored to serve in this important post and help advance our mission of getting a Women’s History Museum built at a prominent site near the Mall,” said Shuart.

The interim board chair oversees the board and executive committee meetings, assists with fundraising campaigns, works in partnership with the President on board resolutions, committee selections, annual performance evaluations, etc and will lead the search for a Board Chair to serve a full term.

“The Board is extremely pleased and fortunate to have Carey Shuart agree to serve as Interim Chair during this period in which NWHM continues to increase its activities and projects, said Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of NWHM.

The selection of an interim chair will allow Wages, as President & CEO, to continue managing the day to day office operations, pursue the legislation needed for a museum, represent the museum at all speaking and fundraising events as well as oversee the de Pizan Honors, NWHM’s annual fundraiser, which is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Shuart’s background also includes serving as a member of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards’ Leadership Council; she has been a Board Member and Houston Representative of the Texas Arts Alliance, and has had several roles with the Junior League of Houston, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

The NWHM has 14 distinguished members of an independent Board of Directors and has set up a highly visible public education campaign.

Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum, currently located online at www.nwhm.org., is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history.  NWHM has developed a network of 46 leading national women’s service and professional organizations reaching more than 8.5 million people; increased in size to include 50,000 Charter Members; established an Honorary Board of Directors comprised of over 200 members of the U.S. Congress and past and present members of the Cabinet; and set up a National Scholars Council (NSC) and a Scholars Advisory Committee (SAC) to build important relationships between the Museum and the academic community.

NWHM is a 501c (3) nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to disseminating women’s history through five distinct ways:  museum building, speeches and interviews, traveling exhibits, endowment for a research center, and website and education.

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