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Announcements and introductions made at museum’s annual membership meeting

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History announced the results of elections for the leadership of its Board of Trustees during its annual membership meeting, held Thursday, December 3, 2015. The event, which was free and open to the public, also introduced four new trustees added to its board in 2015.

Lynn Weaver, vice president of Human Resources for Yazaki North America, Inc., secretary of the museum’s board and chair of its nominating committee, made the announcement of transitions for the board’s top two officers. Current chair Elizabeth “Betty” Brooks and vice chair Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America complete their tenures at the end of 2015. Newly elected to fill these positions are chairman-elect Eric Peterson, U.S. vice president, diversity dealer relations for General Motors Company; and vice chair-elect Pamela Alexander, director of community development for Ford Motor Company.

Said outgoing board chair Betty Brooks, “I take immense pride in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and its growth over the past decade… My greatest point of pride, however, is helping to assemble a Board of Trustees that is second to none. I truly feel that The Wright Museum is equipped with the Wright board to do great things in its next half-century, and beyond.”

Chairman-elect Eric Peterson had words of praise for Brooks. “If you know Betty, it’s hard to top the enthusiasm and passion she exudes… I am motivated by her example as I humbly accept the opportunity to fill such grand shoes.” About the museum, he stated, “Over the last few years, the board has been focused on supporting the museum’s leadership to stabilize and grow the financial base of the organization. We’re pleased with our progress and as we step into the next half-century, we look forward to continuing its legacy and positioning this institution as a national treasure and world-class institution.”

Weaver also introduced four new trustees who joined the museum’s board in 2015. They are Kelli Coleman, executive vice president, GlobalHue; George R. Hamilton, president, Hamilton Consulting International; Tony Saunders, chief restructuring officer and chief financial officer, Wayne County; and Howard Sims, founder and chairman, SDG Associates.

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