Bob Cox

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After one week as interim president of the Missouri History Museum, Bob Cox is far from knowing everything about the institution, but he thinks it can overcome the controversies of recent months and regain the public confidence it needs.

“The image of the institution has certainly been tarnished,” he acknowledged, referring to a barrage of news in recent months about a land deal on Delmar, compensation for departed President Robert Archibald, and a $1 million pledge – since rescinded – to the Loop Trolley project.

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Bob Cox, a former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson, was hired last week to be the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum.

The tax payer funded institution has been mired in controversy since the Museum overpaid for land, a sale which involved ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.  Bosley had recently stepped down from the Museum’s board of trustees.

Longtime Missouri History Museum President Bob Archibald resigned in December 2012.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Bob Cox, a former senior vice president at Emerson, has been named interim president of the Missouri History Museum, starting on Monday.

Cox, whose job will be part time, is expected to serve until the museum selects a permanent replacement for Robert Archibald, who resigned as president of the museum late last year in the wake of controversy over his compensation and the purchase of land for a community center that was never developed.

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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.