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Oct 29, 2013 Washington, D.C.

Neil W. Horstman, President of the White House Historical Association (WHHA), who has served for nearly 20 years, announced his retirement from WHHA, which will go into effect at the end of the year. WHHA is the non-profit organization founded by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961 to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the White House and to preserve its public rooms and collections.

“Neil has been an outstanding leader for the WHHA for the past two decades. His vision and tremendous skills have contributed to the complete rebuilding and redesign of the White House Visitors’ Center, which is slated to open in 2014, and the groundbreaking new David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, an institute for education, scholarship and research.

“He will be missed by me personally, the Board and the staff. A farewell event will be scheduled later this year to thank and fete Neil,” said Board Chairman Frederick J. Ryan, Jr

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained to lead the search for a successor. Horstman has agreed to stay on to assist with the transition.

“It has been a privilege and honor to lead the association through this period of great growth and expansion. I am grateful for the support and guidance of the board of directors and the many contributions of our fine staff through the years,” said Horstman.

Horstman, who joined the WHHA in 1994, has had a distinguished career in historic preservation. From 1987-1994, he served as resident director of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, and, prior to that, executive director of Historic Savannah Foundation, Historic Kansas City Foundation, and Preservation Alliance of Louisville, Kentucky.

The White House Historical Association, established in 1961, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of the White House. All proceeds from the association’s trusts, publications and other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent collection, to assist is the preservation of the public rooms, and to further its educational mission.