National Museum of American History Names Two New Board Members

April 26, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that Barry M. Meyer, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros., and Bob Uhler, chairman and chief executive Officer of MWH Global, Inc., have become members of its advisory board effective May 12. Three historians, Ellsworth Brown, David McCullough and Vicki Ruiz have also been reappointed to the board. The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents approved the five candidates for three-year terms.

The museum’s board was established in 1996 and is chaired by John F.W. Rogers of Goldman, Sachs and Co. The board has 21 members, including historians, community business leaders and philanthropists. Members of the board advise the museum’s director on programs, exhibitions, facilities, development and finance.

“The addition and reappointment of five distinguished Americans to our board fulfills our goal of involving public and private sector leaders in the important work of this museum. We welcome the new members, and I am confident we will benefit from their experience and expertise,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum.

Meyer became chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros., a Time Warner Company, in 1999 after serving as the studio's executive vice president and chief operating officer since April 1994. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Cinema-Television, a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of America, a member of the Board of the Museum of Television & Radio, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member and former Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a member and past member of the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, and is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and on the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Uhler is the chairman and chief executive officer of MWH, the global leader in wet infrastructure and a company dedicated to the engineering, construction, financing and management of some of the world’s largest water-related projects and programs. Uhler is a certified Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer, a diplomat for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a Certified Value Engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Uhler graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1968 and received his master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Florida in 1972. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Brown is the director of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wis., and is the former president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. McCullough is a critically-acclaimed author whose works have received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, and the director of the university’s “Humanities Out There” outreach program.

The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. After a two-year renovation and a dramatic transformation, the museum shines new light on American history, both in Washington and online. To learn more about the museum, check http://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).