After nationwide search, Charlotte Museum of History has a new president and CEO

Adria Focht is the new director of Charlotte's Museum of History.
Adria Focht is the new director of Charlotte's Museum of History. Charlotte Museum of History

After a nationwide search, the Charlotte Museum of History has named Adria Focht as its new president and CEO.

Focht comes to the museum from the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, where she has been director and curator. She starts at the Charlotte museum on Nov. 27.

“Adria brings passion, energy and extensive experience with museum operations to The Charlotte Museum of History,” said Mary Newsom, who chairs the museum’s board of trustees.

“She also has strong connections to Charlotte and to the region’s history organizations, as well as deep knowledge of North Carolina history,” Newsom said. “We know she is the right person to lead the museum into the future. She’ll help us keep on sharing this community’s past as a way to inspire conversation about today’s events and issues.”

Focht nearly doubled annual visitation to the Kings Mountain museum. She also “dramatically increased” the museum’s annual income through new programs, the Charlotte Museum of History said in announcing her selection on Monday.

Focht previously held history management positions with the National Park Service, including at the Museum Resource Center in Maryland and the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta. She also has held positions at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, where she worked at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory in Greenville. and the East Carolina University Field School in Historical Archaeology, where she supervised and taught students conducting historic site excavation.

Focht graduated from UNC-Charlotte and obtained a master’s degree in historical archaeology from East Carolina University.

The museum’s executive search included help from Next Stage Consulting LLC, which assists nonprofits.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak