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JFK Library Foundation names first female CEO

  • Associated Press
  • January 28, 2014 - 5:10 PM

BOSTON — The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston on Tuesday named a business and Democratic political professional as its first female chief executive.

Heather P. Campion is former chief administrative officer of Northeast Bancorp and executive at Citizens Financial Group Inc.

She worked in the speechwriting office of President Jimmy Carter and held senior positions on the Democratic presidential campaigns of former Vice President Walter Mondale in 1984 and Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988.

Campion will be putting in place a long-range plan for the foundation that was developed following the success of celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy presidency beginning in 2011. The plan calls for redesigning museum displays and adding new technology to exhibits. In addition, programs will be developed to attract more students and scholars.

The Kennedy Library has launched an online digital presidential archive, introduced a website that has served more than 7 million visitors since 2011 and sponsored national programs on civil rights, public service and responsible citizenship.

"It is an honor and a joy to help lead this library into this new era," Campion said.

Campion, who lives in Brookline, Mass., also worked at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is credited with helping build its Center for Business and Government, served as director of the public liaison office and as director of Harvard's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

Tom McNaught, who has been executive director since 2011, is set to retire on Feb. 28.

Campion is to start her job at the foundation on March 3.

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