Good Luck to Kerry Tymchuk

CFM’s Kerry Tymchuk will become interim executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.Kerry Tymchuk has been around the Oregon scene so long he’s becoming a museum piece. Or rather, a big piece of an important museum – the Oregon Historical Society.

Kerry leaves CFM at the end of January to become the OHS interim executive director. He’s been part of the CFM Strategic Communications team for the past two years.

"Kerry played a vital role in CFM’s reputation management and crisis communications practices. His contacts around the state are unparalleled, and those contacts served him very well with us. He'll do a great job for the Historical Society," says CFM Partner Dave Fiskum.

He will replace George Vogt, 67, who last month announced his plans to retire in April. Tymchuk will take over leadership in April and will remain interim executive director while the OHS board crafts a new strategic plan and establishes an executive director search process. The board plans to hire a new director sometime next year.

As one of his last statements before leaving office, former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said, ”In addition to his deep roots in Oregon and love for the state, Kerry has an appreciation for its history and culture and a commitment to see that we don’t lose that for future generations. Kerry is the right Oregonian to take on this challenge and I am confident of his success.”

Before joining CFM in 2009, Tymchuk served as an aide and adviser to Sen. Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole and Senator Gordon Smith. He wrote four books with the Doles and helped Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle write her autobiography, “One Tough Mother.” He recently helped write the late Al Reser’s autobiography, “No Small Potatoes."