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Donald W. Murphy
, Chief Executive 0fficerDonald W. Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, is the former deputy director ofthe National Park Service. He was appointed deputy director of the National Park Service in September 2001 and assisted in managing390 national park units covering approximately 84 million acres, more than 23,000 employees, and a total budget of more than $2.3billion. Murphy's priorities with the Park Service focused on preserving the nation's treasured cultural resources and protecting wildlifeand its habitats.He served for seven years as the director of California State Parks, the nation's largest and most diverse state park system. He beganhis career as a California state park ranger, serving in various capacities including the superintendent of the parks along the Big Surcoast where he partnered with the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary (VWS) to establish a bird banding and youth education center atAndrew Molera State Park. Later, as director, he traveled to Alaska with the VWS to collect eaglets to repopulate the VentanaWilderness.Murphy has extensive management experience with museums and cultural and historic sites. He was responsible for security at heavilyvisited national historic sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore and Independence Hall. During his tenure at CaliforniaState Parks, Murphy managed the world-renowned California State Railroad Museum, the Hearst Castle State Historic Monument, andseveral other state museums.Raised in Los Angeles, CA, Murphy earned a BA degree in Biology in 1975 at the University of California, San Diego. After graduatinghe attended graduate school in physiology and pharmacology at UC San Diego, where he served as a graduate research assistant atthe world renowned Salk Institute. He later transferred to UC Irvine where he worked on his Ph.D. until hired as a ranger.Murphy is married to LaRena Romrell Murphy. They have six children; three boys and three girls: Damien age 34, Kina age 33,Christopher age 32, Liv age 31, Timothy age 18 and Anna age 17. Murphy is a published poet and has authored a number of articles.Backpacking, writing, and golf are among his hobbies.
Dr. Spencer Crew
, PresidentSpencer R. Crew spends his life making history accessible. On November 5, 2001, he was appointed President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has built the cultural institution from the groundup. The Center, which opened in August 2004, illustrates the pro-active way African Americans sought freedom and the way a diversegroup of people united in support of the belief that freedom was important to preserve for everyone.Dr. Crew made a name for himself as a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. His1987 exhibition Field to Factory documented the migration of southern blacks to northern cities in the years during and after World War Iand sparked a national discussion on the impact of migration and race. In 1994, he was named director of the museum, becoming theyoungest and the first African American director of a major Smithsonian museum. Dr. Crew also helped develop the Smithsonian'spopular permanent exhibition on American presidents and oversaw the preservation of th e flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to writeThe Star-Spangled Banner. Among his publications are Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915 - 1940 (1987), and Black Life inSecondary Cities: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Communities of Camden and Elizabeth, N.J. 1860 - 1920 (1993). Heco-authored The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (2002) and Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives(2002).Dr. Crew is an active member of the academic and cultural communities, serving on many boards that work to generate enthusiasm forhistory among the general public. He is the Past Chair of the National Council for History Education and serves on the Board of theNational Trust for Historic Preservation as well as the Board of the American Association of Museums. He has published extensively inthe areas of African American History and Public History.