Following a seven-month search, Gregory S. Harris has been named prexy-CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Harris, who was previously vp of development for the Cleveland facility, succeeds Terry Stewart, who announced his retirement in May. He will assume the new role on January 1.
Harris joined the Rock Hall in 2008, charged with development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. He took the lead role in fundraising and growing philanthropic support for the institution, which held its first induction in 1986 and opened the doors of its facility on Lake Erie in 1995.
He previously spent 14 years at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, where he moved from curatorial duties at the library to serving as vp of development. In the 1980s, he worked as a music retailer as co-owner of the Philadelphia Record Exchange.
R&RHOF board chair William W. Rowley said, “Throughout the search process, all of the voting was unanimous for Greg. His passion for music, his tremendous success as our head of development and his strong track record at the Baseball Hall of Fame provide an outstanding combination of skills that will help drive the continued success of the Museum.”
It has been a year of transition at the R&RHOF: In October, it was reported that the museum’s longtime vp of exhibitions and curatorial affairs Jim Henke had stepped down for undisclosed reasons.