October 31, 2018

CT Historical Society CEO Blankenship resigns

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Jody Blankenship has resigned as CEO of The Connecticut Historical Society.

The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) on Wednesday announced its CEO Jody Blankenship has resigned to take a similar position in Indiana.

CHS, a nonprofit, educational organization that also has a museum, library and Edgar F. Waterman Research Center, said Blankenship will join the Indiana Historical Society as CEO and president in January. The historical society's board of trustees will conduct a national search for his replacement.

Blankenship became CHS' fifth executive director in Sept. 2013.

During his tenure, Blankenship helped CHS adopt a comprehensive strategic plan on outreach, improved public access and developed award-winning exhibits, programs and collaborations, CHS said.

Blankenship also led CHS to higher revenues as it has grown investments to $56 million and increased annual fundraising to over $2.4 million.

"The Connecticut Historical Society is a markedly different historical society due to Jody's leadership, and he is leaving the organization in exceptional health," said Barbara Kiefer, president of the CHS board of trustees. "We greatly appreciate Jody's enthusiasm for Connecticut, his devotion to expanding the reach of the CHS across the state, and his execution of significant goals for the Society."

Blankenship previously served as education director of the Kentucky Historical Society from 2009 to 2013.

CHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, was founded in 1825.

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