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Charlotte Cagan, acting director of the San Diego History Center since September, 2011, has been named the institution’s executive director.
“She has demonstrated the vision, energy and community relationships which have revitalized this institution,” said Tom Fetter, president of the Balboa Park-based institution’s board of trustees.
During the past year Cagan, who succeeded David Kahn, has overseen exhibitions on the tuna industry in San Diego, the art of Charles Reiffel, and Depression-era art by renowned San Diego artists.
The 83-year-old History Center also operates the Junipero Serra Museum in Balboa Park, and Cagan is leading a state-funded effort to put together a new interpretive plan for the museum.
“The San Diego History Center has a rich history and is a vital community resource,” said Cagan. “I am privileged to provide leadership for this exemplary institution and to facilitate fulfillment of its mission and historic legacy.”
Cagan most recently served as director of marketing and planning at the Mingei International Museum. Before that, she was president/CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. She has also served as executive director of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Massachusetts and director of community services for the City of Syracuse.