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Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale hires executive director

Chris Rudisill of the Tampa Bay area will become executive director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 7, 2015.
Chris Rudisill of the Tampa Bay area will become executive director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 7, 2015. Via Facebook

Chris Rudisill, a longtime LGBT activist from the Tampa Bay area, will become executive director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale.

Rudisill, a former executive director of St. Petersburg Pride and currently director of LGBT Community Center Services of Metro Wellness and Community Centers of Tampa Bay, starts at Stonewall on Dec. 7.

“I look forward to serving the greater LGBTQ community through the work of Stonewall National Museum & Archives, preserving our history and giving a voice to our movement,” Rudisill said in a news release.

Here’s the complete news release:

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA), has a new Executive Director. After a national search by SNMA, Chris Rudisill has been named to the position following a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the Fort Lauderdale-based museum, library, archives and gallery. He assumes his role December 7, 2015.

Rudisill has been Director of LGBT Community Center Services of Metro Wellness and Community Centers of Tampa Bay since 2012. In his previous role as Executive Director of St. Petersburg Pride from 2010 to 2012, he is credited with raising the visibility, participation and funding of the festival by 31 percent.

In his new role at Stonewall, Rudisill will oversee all aspects of its management, fundraising and programming, including the Stonewall National Education Project, which annually attracts hundreds of educators and administrators to a conference that works to create safer and more productive learning environments for all students. The Stonewall Archives is one of the country’s largest publicly-accessible LGBT archives; the Stonewall Library is the nation’s largest LGBT lending library. Thousands of community members and tourists annually experience both rotating and permanent exhibits at the Stonewall Gallery in Wilton Manors, FL.

“Chris is a perfect fit for Stonewall, which is gaining greater prominence as the leading national institution devoted to preserving and sharing LGBT history,” said Stonewall Board Chair Gary Bitner. “He has the vision and the skillset to help Stonewall become a truly national organization.”

“I look forward to serving the greater LGBTQ community through the work of Stonewall National Museum & Archives, preserving our history and giving a voice to our movement,” says Rudisill.

Chris Rudisill graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has over 17 years of experience in the profit and not-for profit sectors. His museum experience includes a stint at the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC.

About the Stonewall National Museum and Archives

Celebrating more than 40 years, Stonewall National Museum & Archives is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) that promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in society. Visit stonewall-museum.org for more.

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