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Dr. Robert E. Shimp Appointed Director of Buffalo Bill Historical Center


Former U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Alan K. Simpson announced the appointment of Dr. Robert E. Shimp to lead the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

"Following a wide national search we feel we found just the right person for us at this time in our long history," Simpson said. "We are fortunate to have been able to 'hire on' this very fine and capable man. We heartily welcome him and his lovely wife Lyn to our midst here in the Cody Country." [left: Dr. Robert E. Shimp, director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (photo by Steve Butman, 1999)]

The new director will be leaving McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, where he has served as president since 1993. With a B.A. in History and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in 17th Century English History, Dr. Shimp taught history at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, was then Academic Dean at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky, and also served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

"The opportunity to step into a leadership role at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center was too exciting to ignore," Dr. Shimp stated. "I realize what a unique institution the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is. I also know it is at a pivotal point in its history with the opening of the Draper Museum of Natural History this year. This once-in-a-lifetime event will place it upon the world stage like never before, drawing attention not only to that museum, but also to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the community of Cody. There couldn't be a more exciting opportunity anywhere."

A board search committee chaired by Silas Cathcart, longtime Buffalo Bill Historical Center trustee, selected Shimp, who will begin his term as director April 1, 2002.

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