Who We Are

Practical Guide

Sally Yerkovich – Director

Author of the recently published Practical Guide to Museum EthicsSally Yerkovich is an internationally known speaker and museum leader. She is director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University and adjunct professor in the Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall.  She also teaches in the Museum Anthropology Program at Columbia University and Bank Street Graduate School’s Leadership in Museum Education Program. A member of the Ethics Committee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals, she worked extensively with museums in Central and Eastern Europe as President of the Fund for Arts and Culture. Her work, which draws upon her experience in museums and nonprofit cultural organizations, is increasingly engaged with how museums will face the ethical challenges of the future.

A cultural anthropologist with over thirty years of experience in high profile cultural institutions in New York and Washington, DC, she held leadership positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, South Street Seaport Museum and Museum of the City of New York. She was president and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society, interim executive director at the Museum for African Art, and first president of the Tribute NYC Center. She served as Chair of the American Alliance of Museums Task Force charged with clarifying the ethical principles involved in the use of funds realized from the sale of deaccessioned objects and is a member of the American Association of State and Local History Standards and Ethics Committee.

The Institute of Museum Ethics Student Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Sally Yerkovich, Advisor
  • Kathlene Williams, Committee Leader
  • Makenzie Witter, Event Coordinator
  • Claudia Preza,  News Agent
  • Rachel Aponte, News Agent
  • Derek Butler, News Agent
  • Kim Kruse, News Agent
  • Alexis Young, News Agent
  • Pending, Newsletter Contributor
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  • February 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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    What a brilliant concept, an Institute of Museum Ethics. The field has needed this and I am very pleased that it is being led by Dr Yerkovich!

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