Pow­ell, Har­ris join CBMM Board of Govenors


— The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum’s Board of Gov­er­nors re­cently elected two new mem­bers to its board — Earl (Rusty) Alexan­der Pow­ell III as a new gov­er­nor and James P. Har­ris as a gov­er­nor emer­i­tus.

Pow­ell grad­u­ated Wil­liams Col­lege in Mass., with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in art his­tory and Euro­pean his­tory (with hon­ors) in

1966. He en­listed in the United States Navy in 1966, win- ning a spot in the Navy Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School. His ac­tive duty ser­vice, which lasted un­til

1969, in­cluded a tour of duty in Viet­nam as a nav­i­ga­tor dur­ing the Viet­nam War. He left ac­tive duty ser­vice and en­tered the United States Navy Re­serve, serv­ing un­til


Af­ter leav­ing the Navy, Pow­ell en­rolled at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, where he ob­tained a Mas­ter of Arts from the Fogg Mu­seum in 1970. He en­tered the doc­toral pro­gram in art his­tory at Har­vard in 1970. The same year he re­ceived his Ph.D., Pow­ell took a po­si­tion as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of art his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin.

In 1976, Pow­ell left the Uni­ver­sity of Texas to take a po­si­tion as a cu­ra­tor at the Na­tional Gallery of Art. Pow­ell stayed at the NGA for four years, ris­ing to the po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive cu­ra­tor in 1979. In Jan­uary 1980, the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art hired Pow­ell to be its di­rec­tor, and he was named di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Gallery of Art in

1992. He was only the fourth di­rec­tor in the Na­tional Gallery of Art’s his­tory, and he re­tired at the end of 2018.

Pow­ell and his wife, Nancy, have a home in Easton, where she sits on the board of the Academy Art Mu­seum.

Har­ris served on the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum from Wil­liamstown, from 2011 to 2018 and was its chair­man from 2016 to 2018. Prior to be­ing chair­man, he served as trea­surer for four years, guid­ing ef­forts to strengthen the bal­ance sheet and fo­cus on rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. He and his wife, Pam, are pas­sion­ate about CBMM’s ef­forts to fur­ther strengthen its school ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming for all chil­dren. Har­ris re­tired in Febr uar y

2010 as se­nior vice pres­i­dent of ExxonMo­bil Chem­i­cal Com­pany, lo­cated in Hous­ton, Texas. He had worked for ExxonMo­bil for al­most 40 years. A na­tive of Vin­ton, Va., Har­ris earned a de­gree in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing with high­est hon­ors from the Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and an MBA from the Whar­ton School of the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. Ge­or­gia Tech named Har­ris to the Academy of Distin­guished En­gi­neer­ing Grad­u­ates in 1996 and the En­gi­neer­ing Hall of Fame in


Jim and Pam Har­ris have two chil­dren, Brooke and An­drew. They split their time be­tween Hous­ton, the Eastern Shore of Mary­land and their South Texas ranch. His hob­bies in­clude golf, hunt­ing, boat­ing and model trains.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum is a non­profit ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing and ex­plor­ing the his­tory, en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture of the en­tire Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion, and mak­ing this re­source avail­able to all.

Ev­ery as­pect of ful­fill­ing this mis­sion is driven by CBMM’s val­ues of rel­e­vancy, au­then­tic­ity, and stew­ard­ship, along with a com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing en­gag­ing guest ex­pe­ri­ences and trans­for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming, all while serv­ing as a vi­tal com­mu­nity part­ner. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.



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