Friday morning, the City of El Paso and the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announced that Dr. Vladimir Von Tsurikov had been selected as the new Director of the El Paso Museum of History.
MCAD selected Dr. von Tsurikov following an extensive national recruitment and vetting process which included community stakeholders. He will begin his new role as Director, El Paso Museum of History at the end of August.
“Dr. Von Tsurikov has a strong background in history and archiving—but what really impressed stakeholders involved in the search process was his work in building strong teams at museums and engaging new audiences,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome.
Dr. Von Tsurikov comes to El Paso from the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as Director and President since 2014. As Director and President, he introduced successful growth strategies that attracted new constituencies and grew membership by 75 percent.
Additionally, Dr. Von Tsurikov broadened the donor base, diversified educational programming and built the museum’s national and international reputation. Dr. Von Tsurikov also built a strong team of more than 60 volunteers and a dozen docents allowing the museum to build new audiences and attract different demographics to exhibitions and events.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. von Tsurikov to the El Paso Museum of History. We are confident that his experience and knowledge will enhance and grow our relationships across our cultural communities locally, regionally and internationally,” said Economic Development & Tourism Deputy City Manager Cary Westin.
Dr. von Tsurikov has published numerous articles and presented dozens of lectures in the United States and abroad. He has been published extensively and has served as a consultant on historical documentaries.
In 2018, Dr. von Tsurikov received the Silver Archer Award from the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., for promotion of Cultural Diplomacy. Dr. von Tsurikov previously served as Director of Archives and Library Services at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and as a project archivist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace.
Dr. Von Tsurikov holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from the Moscow Theological Academy, Sergiev Posad, Russia; an M. A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont; and a B. Th. from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, New York.