Press Release: Field Museum President & CEO Richard Lariviere announces retirement

August 13, 2019 Events & Announcements

Board of Trustees to begin presidential search in fall of 2019

CHICAGO —Richard W. Lariviere, Ph.D., announced today he is retiring as President & CEO of the Field Museum, effective August 1, 2020. Lariviere, who has served as President and CEO since 2012, will assist the Board of Trustees in a search for his successor.

“I’m honored to have worked alongside passionate, diverse, and talented scientists, staff, and volunteers at the Field Museum as we advocated for our planet, science, and the many cultures that call this planet home,” says Lariviere. “I came here with the goal of grounding us even more deeply in our mission and reminding Chicago and the world why the Field Museum and our work matter. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together and I look forward to watching the Field Museum continue its crucial work as Earth’s champion.” 

Under Lariviere’s leadership, the Field Museum strengthened its scientific work and finances. He deepened the Field’s reputation as a global leader by investing in the museum’s work around the world and participating in large-scale events such as the Chicago March for Science and Speak Up For Science. At the same time, he led a transformation of the public museum and created the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, introducing Máximo, the world’s largest dinosaur, a major new suite for SUE the T. rex., and a reimagined Stanley Field Hall. The museum has also embarked on a renovation of its Native North America Hall in collaboration with community partners.

The Field is poised to conclude its $250-million Because Earth Campaign in 2020. The campaign was launched in 2015 to fuel the museum’s bold approach to research, conservation and science education, making the wonders of the natural world accessible to everyone. To date, more than $220 million has been raised. 

“Richard’s impact on the Field Museum will benefit Chicagoans and the global science community for decades to come,” says Wilbur H. Gantz, III, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We are grateful for Richard’s leadership in focusing our mission and inspiring us all to take a collective stand in support of science.”

The Board of Trustees of the Field Museum will establish a search committee later this fall to find Richard Lariviere’s successor.