What Makes a Leader

Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director and CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum, speaks about her background on Executive Leaders Radio.

The James A. Michener Art Museum’s new Director and CEO has all the makings of a strong leader, including height and athletic abilities.

Interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio September 7, Lisa Tremper Hanover revealed that not only are all her family members athletic and tall (she stands at over six feet), but her grandfather played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The interview, conduced by Dennis Powell in Philadelphia, will be aired September 14, 15 and 16 (see details below).

Hanover, who joined the Michener in July, succeeding longtime Director/CEO Bruce Katsiff, spent 25 years at the Berman Museum at Ursinus College, a museum she built from the ground up. Here at the Michener, she told Powell, she has a larger staff, budget and board she is accountable to.

The Baldwin, L.I., native attended the same schools her father and grandfather did. She played lacrosse, volleyball and ran track. “Family was everything,” she said of her upbringing. Her mother was a teacher – “She was effervescent and vivacious, a people person.” Hanover’s father had a career with Bell Telephone. She described him as a quiet presence. “I learned integrity from him,” she said, recounting a time he took a demotion rather than follow a directive to do something that wasn’t on the up and up.

Hanover went to the University of Richmond – where her grandmother had been a basketball star —  “because I loved football,” and started out as a physical education major until she took her first art history class. “I loved looking at art, learning about artists and learning about history through art,” she said.

Powell asked her to define art. “It’s intangible,” was Hanover’s short answer. “Art is something that speaks to you.”

She went on to earn a master’s degree in art history from the University of Southern California “because of its number one-ranked football team” and, by age 24, was traveling all over the world as she managed the multimillion dollar art collection of the Armand Hammer Foundation.

At the Michener, Hanover explained, she is responsible for staff, visitors, financials, fundraising, and endowment management.

Listen to the full interview:

Friday, September 14, from 2:00-3:00pm on WIFI/1460AM (www.wifiam1460.com ); Sunday, September 16, from 3:00-4:00pm on WCHE/1520AM (www.wche1520am.com);  Monday, September 17, from 1:00-2:00pm on WSNJ/1240AM (www.wsnjam.com) also simulcast on Quinn Broadcasting TV2 in Cumberland County, NJ. (http://www.qbc2.com)

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