UNC Charlotte alumna Adria Focht is serving the Charlotte Museum of History as its president and CEO. Focht came to the museum from the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, where she was director and curator.
“Adria brings passion, energy and extensive experience with museum operations to The Charlotte Museum of History,” said Mary Newsom, chair of the board of trustees for The Charlotte Museum of History. “She also has strong connections to Charlotte and to the region’s history organizations, as well as deep knowledge of North Carolina history. 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 earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and art from UNC Charlotte in 2005. She has worked with UNC Charlotte faculty members and students on collaborative efforts. As one example, Karen Cox's graduate students in the public history program in the Department of History have been studying the museum's initiative to preserve the Siloam Schoolhouse, a now-dilapidated early 20th century school built for rural African American children in the vicinity of what's now UNC Charlotte. Additionally, Focht has been supportive of the college's efforts, such as through a roundtable of Anthropology Department alumni who talked with students about career options. Read more