After Foundation CEO Resignation, What's Next For The JFK Library?

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The John F. Kennedy Library sits on the edge of frozen Dorchester Bay in February 2015. (AP)
The John F. Kennedy Library sits on the edge of frozen Dorchester Bay in February 2015. (AP)

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is without a CEO — Heather Campion resigned Wednesday. She was head of the private non-profit started by the Kennedy family for almost two years.

Her time as CEO was tension-filled, though. Staff members at the foundation and the library began leaving — culminating in the resignation of the library's director, Tom Putnam, in September.

Campion's departure raises questions the sometimes contentious dynamic between presidential libraries and the foundations that fund them.


Anthony Clark, author of "The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies" and former legislative director who directed hearings of National Archives and presidential libraries for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He tweets @AnthonyJClark.

Tim Naftali, clinical associate professor of public service and history at New York University and former director of the Nixon Presidential Library. He tweets @TimNaftali.


WBUR: Head Of JFK Library Foundation Resigns

  • "The head of the foundation that raises money for the John F. Kennedy Library has resigned just weeks after a farewell party for the library’s well-respected director."

The Boston Globe: JFK Library Foundation Chief Ends Her Rocky Run

  • "The chief executive of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation resigned Wednesday, completing a stormy tenure that saw heavy staff departures from the Dorchester institution and prompted questions about its mission."

WBUR: Tensions Build Amid Resignations At Kennedy Library

  • "Meandering past photos of the young Kennedy clan, Jacqueline’s signature dresses, campaign posters and a replica of the oval office Kennedy used is required fare for children growing up around Boston and thousands of tourists every year."

This segment aired on December 3, 2015.


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