Holocaust Museum Executive Director Steps Down

After 12 years at the head, Susan Myers steps down as executive director of the Holocaust Museum Houston

By Eric Harrison April 11, 2013

Susan Myers, executive director of the Holocaust Museum Houston since 2001 and a leader in the international Holocaust community, will retire effective May 1, the museum has announced. A national search is underway for a new executive director.

Myers became involved with the museum as a volunteer in 1992, before the current Museum District facility existed, and is credited with a number of important initiatives, including a 17-lecture series on medical ethics and the Holocaust that included participation by three Nobel Prize winners and attracted more than 8,000 attendees. She also directed the 10-year effort that resulted last year in the museum getting accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Only four Houston-area museums have that recognition.

During her tenure, the Holocaust Museum also acquired important pieces such as a 1942 railcar of the kind that transported Jews to death camps and a Holocaust-era Danish rescue boat of the type used to save more than 7,200 Jews. "Our Museum has been tremendously fortunate to have had someone of Susan's ability to lead us all these years," Tali Blumrosen, the museum chair, said in a statement. "Our museum has accomplished so much on her watch. Her passion and commitment to our mission will be missed."

Myers was a member of the Houston museum's first docent class, then served as director of education and interim executive director before being named permanently to the position in 2001. Myers has served as vice president of the international Association of Holocaust Organizations since 2006 and continues in that position.

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