CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 23, 2022 – The Charlotte Museum of History has named Terri L. White as its new president & CEO, effective July 4. White comes to the museum after previous stints in development and operations roles at both the Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in D.C.

“Terri brings an impressive combination of corporate management experience together with a background in museum operations, events and development,” said Dee Dixon, chair of the board of trustees for The Charlotte Museum of History. “Her background aligns perfectly with the museum’s new strategic plan and its updated mission, which is to inspire community engagement and to create common ground through education and inclusive storytelling.”

In addition to her museum experience, White has served in corporate project management roles at Charlotte-based companies Lowe’s, Ahold Delhaize and American Tire Distributors. She also is a leader in Charlotte’s cultural community, currently serving as the executive vice president of the Junior League of Charlotte and as an advisory board member for Teach for America North Carolina.

“I am extremely excited by this opportunity to lead The Charlotte Museum of History during its next phase of growth and relevance to the community,” White said. “As our city and region tackle challenges around important issues such as equity and opportunity, it’s critical that we understand how we got to where we are today. Through its diverse programs and exhibits, and through curation of the 1774 Alexander Rock House and the historic Siloam School, The Charlotte Museum of History offers a singular place for our community to understand its history.”

White has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a master’s degree in arts management from George Mason University, and she is a doctoral student at UNC Charlotte, where she is studying the economic impact of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She will continue to pursue her doctorate while at the museum. 

The museum’s board of trustees chose White as the museum’s new president and CEO after a nationwide executive search with help from search firm Armstrong McGuire.

About The Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History engages a broad audience in the history of the Charlotte region through the stories of its people, places and events to promote dialogue and historical perspective. The museum is the steward of the Hezekiah Alexander House (ca. 1774) and home site, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest home in Mecklenburg County. To learn more, visit and follow the museum on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.