Long-Time Executive Director of Holocaust Museum Houston to Retire
HOUSTON, TX (April 10, 2013) – Susan Myers, executive director of Holocaust Museum Houston and a well-known figure in the international Holocaust community, will step down from that position to retire effective May 1, the Museum has announced.
 Susan Myers
 Susan Myers

Myers, a Pearland resident, began her association with the Museum as a volunteer in 1992 before the current facility, located at 5401 Caroline in Houston’s Museum District, even opened its doors.  She eventually became a member of its first docent class, then director of education, interim executive director and executive director in 2001.

“Our Museum has been tremendously fortunate to have had someone of Susan’s ability to lead us all these years. Our Museum has accomplished so much on her watch. Her passion and commitment to our mission will be missed,” said Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen.

Myers said she looked forward to retirement and new opportunities.

“I have been honored to be able to work with so many truly incredible and dedicated supporters of our mission to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy in our community,” Myers said. “We have been blessed with hundreds of dedicated staffers, volunteers, docents, board members and survivors who kept us true to our cause and allowed us to impact literally millions of children around the world these past 15 years.”

Blumrosen said the Museum has retained The Alexander Group, an international executive search firm headquartered in Houston, Texas to commence a national search for a new executive director. “Our Museum has progressed so far under Susan, and with the potential to develop the Museum’s adjacent property, we are certain that new and even bigger opportunities await,” she said.

During Myers tenure, the Museum acquired its 1942 Holocaust-era railcar of the kind that transported millions of Jews to their deaths as well as the 1942 Holocaust-era Danish rescue boat of the same type used to save more than 7,200 Jews in that country from almost certain execution. Myers is also credited with initiating the Museum’s curriculum trunk program, which sends shipping trunks filled with educational materials about the Holocaust and other genocides to teachers across the United States for free. She began the Youth and the Law program for at-risk students in the juvenile probation system and Law Enforcement in Society classes to teach local police officers about hate crimes.

Just this year, the Museum also announced it had completed a 15-year effort begun by Myers to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Students and civic groups from around the world, contributed to the project, which will culminate in a major citywide exhibition.

The Museum also hosted a landmark 17-lecture series on medical ethics and the Holocaust that included appearances by three Nobel Prize winners and attracted more than 8,000 attendees, and she directed a 10-year effort by the Museum to receive accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, making Holocaust Museum Houston one of only four of more than 140 Museums in the Houston area to receive the highest honor accorded by the AAM.

Myers has studied the Holocaust with historians in Poland, Israel and the United States, subsequent to a teaching career for which she received numerous honors in her field.

She has received recognition from the White House for her work on reconciling and remembering genocide in Rwanda. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a master’s degree in administration from Texas A&M University.

Myers is a former chairman of the Houston Museum District Association and a past recipient of the Ina and Jack Polak Outstanding Educator Award given by the Anne Frank Center USA in New York City for her efforts in heading what the center called “one of the most respected Holocaust museums in the nation.”

As vice president of the international Association of Holocaust Organizations, Myers also helps administer activities of the more than 250-member international body, which was formed in 1985 to serve as a network of organizations and individuals for the advancement of Holocaust programming, awareness, education and research. Myers was elected to that post in June 2006.

Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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