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July 10, 2015

Ex-Colgate U. President to Take Reins at D.C.'s Newseum

The Newseum has tapped Jeffrey Herbst, who recently stepped down as president of Colgate University, as its new president and chief executive, The Washington Post and the Associated Press report.

Mr. Herbst will take office on August 3, replacing James Duff, who resigned in October after three years leading the financially troubled Washington, D.C., museum devoted to journalism and media freedom.

A Yale- and Princeton-educated political scientist, Mr. Herbst served five years at Colgate and helped complete a $480-million capital campaign at the private university in Hamilton, N.Y. Newseum officials said his experience raising money and leading a complex institution were factors in his hiring.

The museum, which is $307 million in debt and has run operating shortfalls since moving to the District in 2008, is in the early planning stages of a $250 million fund drive.