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Museums & Cultural Affairs Department names new leader of El Paso Museum of Archaeology

The City of El Paso and the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department announced Friday morning that Jeffrey K. Romney will be assuming leadership of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Romney was selected following an extensive recruitment and vetting process, including community stakeholders. He will be at the Museum of Archaeology on August 1. This will be the first time in seven years the museum will have dedicated leadership to provide a clear focus on the goals and other opportunities available at the museum.

“We are excited that Jeff’s skills and leadership will help grow programming, stimulate fundraising to begin a new chapter at the Museum of Archaeology,” said Director Museum and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome.

Jeff has been Director of Development at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) since 2006. He has an extensive background in anthropology. He focused his studies on the southwest and received extensive training in collections care and management.

During his studies at BYU, he worked with the university’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures collection of Casas Grandes Ceramics, which he identified and catalogued. After he completed his degree in Anthropology at BYU, Jeff worked as a Museum Specialist at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City.

Over the next two years, he oversaw the museum’s curatorial, registration, education and development programs supervising a staff of up to 50 individuals including tour guides, docents and teachers. He wrote the museum’s first tour guide manual and collection care and management policies manual.

Romney curated Living from the Land: Legacy of a Past Era which opened in March 1996 in conjunction with the State of Utah’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations. The exhibition received special commendation from the Utah State House of Representatives.

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