Following an extensive national search, Dr. Rob Havers has been selected president of the George C. Marshall Foundation.
He is the current executive director of The National Churchill Museum and vice president for the Churchill Institute at Westminster College, located in Fulton, Missouri.
Dr. Havers will begin his new assignment in Lexington on May 12.
“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted Dr. Havers whose impressive record as an executive director of a museum and library and significant career as a military historian superbly match the skills and experience needed for his new role at the Marshall Foundation,” said John B. Adams, Jr., chairman of the Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees.
“We were impressed by Dr. Havers’ success in building an international following for The Churchill Museum resulting in significant financial support from grant-making organizations and individual donors,” he added.
The Churchill Museum includes a museum, archives and a research library, all similar components to the structure of the Marshall Foundation. The Churchill Institute is responsible for connecting the Churchill legacy to Westminster College through its leadership development activities. Dr. Havers has been affiliated with the Churchill organizations and Westminster College since 2004.
He has previously served as Fulbright-Robertson visiting professor of British History at Westminster College and served as a professor of War Studies at Sandhurst and taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Cambridge.
An accomplished scholar, author and public speaker, Dr. Havers graduated from Queen Mary College, Univ. of London with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics; London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in later modern British history and Pembroke College of Univ. of Cambridge with a Ph.D.
He is the author of several articles and books. His Ph.D. thesis, “Reassessing the Japanese POW Experience: The Changi POW Camp, 1942-45,” was published as a book in 2003 and subsequently re-published in paperback in 2013.
Dr. Havers and his wife, Alana Abbott, have two daughters, Alice and Olivia.