The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Office of the Secretary has selected Dr. Kevin Cherry (Ph.D. '10) as the next Deputy/Secretary in the Office of Archives and History effective October 16, 2012.
Cherry will succeed Dr. Jeff Crow, who is retiring from the position after 38 years of service with the department.
"Dr. Cherry currently serves as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C., where he coordinates the nation’s largest competitive grant program for libraries and archives," said Secretary Linda Carlisle in a memo about the appointment. "Previously, he served as a consultant for Special Collections with the N.C. State Library and created one of the largest cultural heritage collaborative projects ever undertaken in N. C. - NC ECHO. He has also worked in Rowan County and at UNC at Chapel Hill and taught at East Carolina University." Cherry is originally from North Carolina and achieved his Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Like a lot of North Carolinians, I have enjoyed the services of Archives and History just about my entire life," he said. "I still remember my elementary school trip to Reed Gold Mine and doing family research in the State Archives search room as a teenager. I later called upon the Office's resources for my graduate research, and I have lost count of all of the great times I have spent in the Museum of History, the State Capitol, Tryon Palace, the Battleship North Carolina, among others. Think of the important architecture that has been saved by the State Historic Preservation Office and the important books published by Historical Publications. The list goes on and on. Simply put, North Carolina would just not be North Carolina without the work of the Office of Archives and History."
"I am looking forward to coming back home," said Cherry. "I am especially looking forward to joining the good folks at Archives and History as they help preserve the state's historical record in all of its forms."
"Dr. Cherry describes this appointment as “the position of a lifetime” and is thrilled to be joining the staff at DCR and returning to his home state," said Carlisle. "He is a passionate advocate for protecting our state’s historic assets, collaborating across the department and within state government, and pursuing new ways of telling our stories and creating support and engagement. Dr. Cherry brings passion, commitment and collegiality to this important role, and he is thrilled to have the honor of following one of his heroes, Dr. Jeff Crow."
The Office of Archives and History is part of the Department of Cultural Resources (alongside the State Library of North Carolina, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Art) within the Office of Archives and History may be found the Division of State History Museums, Division of Historic Sites, Division of State Srchives and Division of Historical Resources (the final comprising the Office of State Archeology, Historical Publications, State Historic Preservation Office and the Research Branch.)
Cherry completed his dissertation, "Online Cultural Heritage Materials and the Teaching of History in the Schools: A Concept Analysis of State Archives and Collaborative Digitization Program Web Resources" and received his Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.