James Green, the Center's Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Membership and External Affairs since 1994, resigned in August to accept a new position as Vice President and CFO of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. Accounting Manager Susan Poole, who has been with CRL for five years, was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, Poole assumes all management and oversight of CRL budget and finance activities. Membership activities and issues — the other part of Green's responsibilities — will now be managed through the office of the President.
"During his almost nine years at CRL, Green played a key role in ensuring the Center's fundamental fiscal and organizational health," CRL President Bernard Reilly said. "His dedication to the Center and exceptional understanding of the economics of academia and its libraries were instrumental in CRL's meeting the daunting financial and strategic challenges of the rapidly changing world of higher education."
"His new position offers an exciting opportunity for Jim, and a role in which he will surely achieve great things," Reilly added. Green takes on his new role at a very critical time in the museum's history. Just recently, Congress declared the museum "America's National Word War II Museum," and awarded $3.5 million toward its $150 million expansion.
The National D-Day Museum, which opened June 6, 2000, celebrates the achievements of the men and women who won World War II, and chronicles the economic and political routes to the build-up and military mobilization of Allied Forces in the 17 D-Days around the world. The 70,500-square-foot museum is the only museum in the United States that exists for the exclusive purpose of interpreting the American experience during the World War II years on both the battlefront and the home front. It showcases the personal stories of the men and women who won WWII, and preserves important materials for research and scholarship.