The American Jazz Museum has appointed a former Sprint executive to lead the museum on an interim basis.
The museum announced the appointment Thursday of Ralph Reid as interim CEO. Reid retired this year from Sprint, where he was a vice president of the company and president of the Sprint Foundation.
The hire comes about a month after former CEO Greg Carroll left the museum in Kansas City’s 18th and Vine District. Carroll had been at the helm since 2007 and was lauded in his departure by members of the board, although there had been rumblings that he was being forced out of his $128,750-a-year job.
Reid, in addition to his 33 years at Sprint, has held board positions with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and other local organizations. He was co-chair of the planning committee that brought the NAACP National Conference to Kansas City in 2010.
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The jazz museum opened in 1997 and has a $2 million budget and a staff of 25 employees. For more information about the museum, visit americanjazzmuseum.org.
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