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Field Museum CEO Richard Lariviere to retire in 2020

The search for a successor will begin this fall.

Richard Lariviere, president and CEO of the Field Museum in 2013
Richard Lariviere
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Field Museum President and CEO Richard Lariviere announced Tuesday he will retire effective Aug. 1, 2020.

Lariviere has served as president and CEO since 2012 and has overseen the museum’s efforts in research, conservation and science education. He led a renovation of the museum and strengthened the institution’s finances in his eight years in charge.

“I’m honored to have worked alongside passionate, diverse, and talented scientists, staff, and volunteers at the Field Museum as we advocated for our planet, science, and the many cultures that call this planet home,” Lariviere wrote in a statement.

“I came here with the goal of grounding us even more deeply in our mission and reminding Chicago and the world why the Field Museum and our work matter. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together, and I look forward to watching the Field Museum continue its crucial work as Earth’s champion.”

The museum’s board is expected to begin a search for Lariviere’s successor this fall.

“Richard’s impact on the Field Museum will benefit Chicagoans and the global science community for decades to come,” said Wilbur H. Gantz III, the museum’s board chairman.