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Naper Settlement President to Retire

Naper Settlement and Naperville Heritage Society president and CEO announced her retirement earlier this week, effective January 2013.

The and Naperville Heritage Society president and CEO announced her retirement earlier this week, according to a Naper Settlement press release.

Peggy Frank will be stepping down in January 2013 and the museum thanked her for "leading and transforming" Naper Settlement into an award-winning, professionally-run, nationally recognized museum.  

After careful thought and deliberation, the Board of Directors joined Peggy in agreeing this was an appropriate time for the change in leadership to occur, according to the release. 

Frank said she has enjoyed working with the museum, but it was the right time for her to step aside.

“For more than three decades, I have been privileged to work with dedicated staff, volunteers, community members, and the city of Naperville in building public awareness and appreciation for Naperville’s rich heritage and its architectural landmarks," Frank said in the release. "As we crafted the museum’s vision for our town’s celebratory 200th milestone in 2031, I knew it would require new leaders to bring it all to fruition. It is the right time to step aside and let others take the lead and make it happen.”

Chairman of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, Mike Krol recognized Frank's work and dedication in preserving Naperville's past throughout the years.

“It is with heartfelt appreciation that we acknowledge the extraordinary service and personal commitment Peggy has made to Naper Settlement and the Heritage Society," Krol said in the release. "Her enthusiasm and passion fueled her energy and drive to establish the highest standards of professional operation, ensure the integrity and public trust bestowed upon us, while keeping us true to our mission. The recent re-accreditation of Naper Settlement by the American Association of Museums stands as testament to Peggy’s leadership and efforts. Peggy’s thoughtfulness in always considering what is best for the Society and Settlement is personified in her making the decision to retire at this time.”

Peggy has been named President Emeritus and will remain in a consultancy role for one year to assist in the transition with a new CEO. A national search will be conducted for her successor.

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