George Eastman Museum appoints Kevin Gavagan as Chair of its Board of Trustees

Rochester, N.Y., July 20, 2017—The Board of Trustees of the George Eastman Museum has appointed Kevin Gavagan as its new Chair.

Gavagan’s involvement with the Eastman Museum began in 1995, as a member of the George Eastman Society. He has served on the museum’s Board of Trustees for eleven years, including several years as a Vice Chair. Steven Schwartz, who is completing three years’ service as Chair, will remain an active member of the board and an avid supporter of the George Eastman Museum.

“I consider it a privilege to serve the George Eastman Museum,” Gavagan said. “Its extraordinary collections are unparalleled, and it is an institution unlike any other in the world. I look forward to working closely with the museum’s director, Bruce Barnes, and my board colleagues to advance the museum’s missions of preservation, leadership in the fields of cinema and photography, education, and service to its communities.”

Gavagan began his tenure with the Eastman Museum through his interest in cinema and has served as the chair of its Moving Image Collection Committee. His contributions grew and have long extended to all aspects of the museum. He has chaired the museum’s Finance Committee and Committee on Trustees and served as a member of the Executive and Development Committees.

“The Eastman Museum has greatly benefitted from Kevin and his wife Nancy’s steadfast dedication and generous philanthropy,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman Museum. “Kevin has brought insight, sound judgment, and tireless efforts to our Board of Trustees. He has made important contributions to moving the museum forward, and we are thrilled to have him as our new board leader. Since 2003, Nancy has been one of the museum’s most dedicated docents.”

Gavagan is a certified financial analyst and portfolio manager/equity analyst at QCI Asset Management, Inc. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, he recently concluded 21 years on the Geneseo Foundation Board, serving as chair during his final term. He received his MBA from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the RIT President’s Roundtable and a member of the Board of Directors for Venture Creations, RIT’s high technology business incubator. Kevin and Nancy Gavagan have two daughters and three young grandchildren. The couple resides in Pittsford, New York.