Former Emerson Executive Named Interim President Of History Museum

May 31, 2013

A former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson has been tapped as the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum post.

Bob Cox will serve as a part-time consultant to the museum until December 31, though the contract can be terminated early if a full-time president is found before then. Cox will receive $85 an hour for his work, but is not eligible for health care or other benefits.

Cox is tasked with overseeing the museum's operations as it continues to deal with the fallout of an investigation that revealed questionable spending and oversight. He'll also be in charge of the museum's relationships with its donors and other outside parties.

A consulting contract with the museum's former president Bob Archibald remains in place until June 30, but a History Museum spokesman says Archibald did not have any say in Cox's selection as interim president.

In a written statement, Cox said he was honored to lead the "outstanding" institution.

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