- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The DuSable Museum of African American History has named a Chicago architect and attorney as its new president and CEO.

The museum’s board of trustees announced Thursday that Perri Irmer will begin her new position Sept. 14.

Irmer is the former CEO of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the agency that operates U. S. Cellular Field. She served previously on the board of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism agency.

Irmer says she grew up with the museum and has a vested interest in its success. She says the museum is “an anchor in the African American community and a significant part of Chicago’s historical and cultural fabric.”

Irmer says she wants to increase the museum’s visibility and donor base and build partnerships with universities, businesses and arts organizations.

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