Japanese American National Museum names yonsei (fourth generation) scholar of Alaska as CEO

JANM new CEO Kimura Greg

JANM new CEO, Dr Greg Kimura

LOS ANGELES (Jan 20, 2012)  –  The Board of Trustees of the Japanese American National Museum announces the hiring of G.W. (Greg) Kimura, Ph.D., as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Since 2006, Dr. Kimura has been the President/CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum (Alaska’s state humanities council), where its revenue doubled during his tenure and its standing jumped to the third largest in the nation.

He has an extensive academic background as a department head and professor with a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Cambridge University.

Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, a member of the Museum’s Board Search Committee, observes, “In many ways, Greg Kimura represents our evolving community. He is a yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American) who grew up outside the larger historic Nikkei communities. Yet he has maintained his cultural ties, has a thorough understanding of our community’s history, and has expressed his desire to pass his heritage on to his own children.”