N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Announces Dr. Kevin Cherry as Deputy Secretary

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Announces Dr. Kevin Cherry as Deputy Secretary

RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle announces the appointment of Dr. Kevin Cherry to deputy secretary for the Cultural Resources Office of Archives and History, effective Oct. 16.  He succeeds Jeffrey Crow, who retired Sept. 1, after more than 38 years with the department.

Currently Cherry serves as senior program officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., and coordinates the nation’s largest competitive grant program for libraries and archives. Cherry has several North Carolina connections. He has served as a consultant for special collections for the State Library of North Carolina. He also created one of the largest cultural heritage repositories ever undertaken in North Carolina – the N.C. Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (ECHO) project.  He has worked in Rowan County, at UNC-Chapel Hill, and taught at East Carolina University.

“I am thrilled to join the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources,” said Cherry, a North Carolina native. “I am a passionate advocate for protecting North Carolina’s historic assets, collaborating within the department and state government, and pursuing new ways of telling our stories and creating engagement. I consider this to be the position of a lifetime.”

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.