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The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque County Historical Society Chooses New President & CEO

Dr. Robert (Bert) Davis, has accepted the position of President and CEO of the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A). His first day will be June 6, 2016.

Dr. Davis has demonstrated strong leadership performance with a variety of zoological organizations, including leadership roles with both the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). He has been highly involved within his communities, taking on leadership roles in diversity efforts in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He also brings a robust record of fundraising and developing leadership within an organization.

Dr. Davis served the last ten years as the President and CEO of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Davis has also served as vice president of education at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and director of education and external affairs at Zoo Atlanta. Additionally, Davis has been a: lecturer at City Colleges of Chicago; supervisory veterinary medical officer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park/ Department of Animal Health; and a Smithsonian faculty fellowship recipient, Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park/Department of Animal Health/Reproductive Physiology Program.

Dr. Bert, as he is affectionately called, has served on numerous committees for AZA; he was the Chair of the Diversity Committee and was elected to the national Ethics Board. He was also a member and instructor of the team (AZA and AZAK) that created the AZA Best Practices in Animal Keeping course. He currently is a member of national AAM Board of Directors. He previously served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee of AAM as well.

Dr. Davis holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences with a minor in Biology, all from Tuskegee Institute and University in Alabama.

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