New President, CEO of Mississippi River Museum and Dubuque County historical society

Published: Apr. 27, 2016 at 8:41 PM CDT
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Dr. Robert (Bert) Davis, has accepted the position of President & CEO of the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A).

Davis spend the last 10 years as president and CEO of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Davis has also served as vice president of education at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and director of education and external affairs at Zoo Atlanta.

“I am excited to begin serving as leader of this foremost museum and aquarium highlighting the importance of the Mississippi River. We are poised to strike a keen balance of promulgating the cultural and economic value of our nation’s most valued waterway, along with the necessity to further understand and preserve the history, flora and fauna of the Mississippi. This is an uncanny opportunity and I must thank Jerry Enzler for his nearly 40 years as the founder and CEO…he has done an extraordinary job and I am honored to take the baton from him,” said Dr. Davis.

Davis hold a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science in animal and poultry sciences with a minor in biology, all from Tuskegee Institute and University in Alabama.

Dr. Davis and his wife Nancy are looking forward to making Dubuque, Iowa “The Masterpiece on the Mississippi” their home. In his leisure time he enjoys golf, reading, educational transformation, tennis, cigars, and fine bourbons.

Davis' first day will be June 6.