Profile

Libby Haight O'Connell, Ph.D.

NMAH Board Alumnus; Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, A&E Television Networks

Dr. O'Connell is Senior Vice President of Corporate Outreach, and Chief Historian to the History Channel.  Since joining A&E Television Network as a consultant in 1993, Dr. O’Connell has developed significant promotional alliances with such organizations as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Civil War Trust and National History Day.  She also was instrumental in developing and guiding the implementation of many community outreach programs, including The History Channel’s Hometown History with the Girl Scouts of the USA and Cable in the Classroom activities.  Dr. O’Connell spearheaded BIOGRAPHY®: EXPERIENCE IT!, a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors, cable operators and A&E Network, which teaches middle school students about the lives of others and helps them to develop career goals, awareness of local government and leadership skills.  She has taught history at Long Island University and has served as president of Raynham Hall Museum on Long Island.  Dr. O’Connell resides in New York City.