Controversial JFK Library Foundation CEO Departs for Harvard
JFK Library Foundation chief executive officer Heather Campion has resigned, departing for a consulting gig at Harvard University.
Campion’s nearly two years as CEO of the nonprofit that funds much of the library’s operations were marked by instability. In August, the Globe spoke with a number of employees who expressed a distaste for Campion’s management style. In September, library director Thomas Putman abruptly resigned, with national archives officials hesitant to replace him until the foundation found surer footing.
“Heather’s dedication to this institution has never wavered. We thank her for the incredible support she provided during this period of transformation and change. It has not been an easy task,” board chairman Kenneth Feinberg said in a release. “The Library and Foundation have grown, expanded partnerships, held an international symposium, renovated the museum and reached out to the next generation. The hard work Heather has done will make the organization stronger as we continue to share President Kennedy’s vision and values to new audiences around the globe.”
Foundation officials told the Globe the board would “appoint an interim leadership team while it conducts a national search for a replacement.” In her letter to the board, Campion said she was grateful for the opportunity to lead the foundation at such a pivotal time.
“We have set a new course, and it wasn’t easy, but the progress we have made is important, and would not have been made possible without your exceptional support, for which I am grateful,” Campion wrote. “We have made great strides, and succeeded in the hard work of beginning this chance, setting a new direction to a dynamic future.”
Campion will join Harvard’s Institute of Politics as a consultant with a focus on women’s leadership.