Rock Hall CEO to Step Down Before 2014

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CLEVELAND — The president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will step down before 2014.

Rock Hall spokesperson Margaret Thresher tells Fox 8 News that Terry Stewart intends to stay on until his successor takes over and to be available through 2013, ensuring a smooth transition. Stewart, 66, has been in his current position since 1999.

The succession plan was announced on Friday.

The Rock Hall’s Board of Trustees has formed a search committee, retaining an executive search firm to help identify its next CEO.

Thresher says Stewart will be part of the process to select his replacement.

“Terry Stewart is an amazing leader, and the rock ‘n’ roll community — and northeast Ohio — owes him a big debt of gratitude,” Board Chair William W. Rowley said. “Today, the Rock Hall is in the best and strongest position it has ever been. In many ways, it was Terry who helped us recognize and realize our true potential as a museum.”

“Nearly 14 years is a long run for any CEO,” said Stewart. “We’ve ended a period where we had to give a lot of focus to the renovation of the museum, to building the library and archives, to the capital campaign that made those efforts possible and to bringing back the induction ceremonies on a regular basis. With those items accomplished, we’re entering a new period with new priorities, and I think that’s the right time to hand off to a new leader.”