A new executive director for the Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University has been named. Dr. Adam Long, who has served as the director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC), has been named to the role.
Long has served as Arkansas Heritage Sites’ interim director since June 2019. He succeeds Dr. Ruth Hawkins who served as the director since 1999. Long assumed the role in mid-January 2020.
“I’m pleased that Adam has accepted the permanent position as the director of A-State’s Heritage Sites,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “Heritage Sites and Heritage Studies are synonymous with A-State across the region, and to have someone with his skill and knowledge of our museum locations ensures the continued strength of these outreach programs.”
Before taking over as the executive director for Arkansas Heritage Sites, Long served as the HPMEC director, starting in February 2012. During his tenure, the museum expanded its programming to include reading retreats, writers’ retreats and more.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the Heritage Sites team over the past eight years, and I look forward to this new role,” Long said. “I believe the Heritage Sites are a great asset to the university and to the communities in Northeast Arkansas. I’m honored to be a part of the program.”
Long holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Lyon College and a master’s degree in American literature in American literature from the University of Arkansas. He obtained a doctorate in American literature from the University of Kansas.
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