PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: April 19, 2002
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village President
Steven K. Hamp will receive honorary doctorate from the University of
Michigan in ceremony at UM-Dearborn on May 5.
The award will be presented at UM-Dearborn in recognition of Hamp's long-term affiliation with the campus and the strong collaborative relationship between the campus and Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.
"Steve Hamp has been a consistent and helpful friend to the UM-Dearborn campus," according to Chancellor Daniel Little. "He has offered sterling advice about how best to preserve the legacy of Henry Ford, he has been a wonderful partner in efforts to clean up the Rouge River, and he has been forthright in proposing and supporting collaboration between our two institutions. Our campus depends a great deal on the friendship and support of leaders of cultural and business organizations in the region, and Steve Hamp is at the very top of this list."
Hamp has nurtured close relationships with the University of Michigan-Dearborn, leading collaborative efforts such as the Wade McCree Scholarship Program, the Rouge River Gateway Partnership, and projects benefiting the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, a national historic landmark on the UM-Dearborn campus.
In his career at the Henry Ford Museum, Hamp helped shape every aspect of the institution's education program and business strategy, including the establishment of the state's first public school connected to a museum, the Henry Ford Academy. He planned and implemented many of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village's major exhibitions, presentations, and visitor amenities, which now serve as national benchmarks. He introduced a new generation of user experiences and services and strengthened the museum's ties to other historical and cultural organizations in the Detroit area.
Hamp, who earned a bachelor's degree from Butler University and master's degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, serves on numerous community boards and task forces, including as chairman of the Michigan Travel Commission and as executive committee member of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is past-president of the Michigan Museums Association and a member of the advisory board of the Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management.