David Eisner, Constitution Center chief, is leaving

David Eisner, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is stepping down.
David Eisner, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is stepping down.
Posted: August 18, 2012

The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center announced Friday that he will be stepping down, effective Oct. 31.

David Eisner, who was president and CEO for nearly three years, will stay on to present the 2012 Liberty Medal to Muhammad Ali on Sept. 13 and to open the Constitution Center's exhibition about Prohibition on Oct. 19, according to a news release issued by the center Friday.

He also will assist in the search for a new chief for the center.

"The National Constitution Center has made significant progress in establishing itself as a regional and national attraction, and this is the right time for me to step aside," Eisner said in the statement. "I am very confident in the center's ongoing success, both now and in the long term." In the statement, Eisner indicated that he would be pursuing "new opportunities in both the public and private sectors."

Eisner's annual salary was $398,271, according to the organization's 990 tax form for the year ended Sept. 30, 2011. The center lost $6.5 million that year, an improvement over an $8.4 million loss the year before.

The center's release quoted Doug DeVos, chairman of the executive committee of the center's board of trustees, as saying, "David has been a strong leader and he helped put the center in a position to achieve its goals."

DeVos said that the search for a successor would begin immediately, and that Eisner would assist in the search and work with his successor to ensure a smooth transition.

Vince Stango, chief operating officer, will step into the interim position, according to the release.

Eisner, 51, who served for seven years as head of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs programs such as AmeriCorps, was appointed CEO in November 2009 by the center's board of trustees, which is chaired by former President Bill Clinton and including, among others, former President George H.W. Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and former Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

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