Marshallton Resident, WCU Grad Named President of Chester County History Center

Mark Hostutler
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Conor Hepp, inset. Images via the Chester County History Center.

The Chester County History Center – the nonprofit formerly known as the Chester County Historical Society that is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of Chester County – has found its new president.

Marshallton resident and West Chester University graduate Conor Hepp, who most recently served as the Director of Visitor Experience at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, will take office on Aug. 10.

“Conor is young, dynamic, and imaginative,” said CCHC Board Chair Jim Sargent. “He brings to the position an entrepreneurial spirit, impressive experience in leadership roles in some of Philadelphia’s most prestigious museums, and an understanding of the importance of projecting the History Center’s virtual presence. As a long-time devoted Chester County resident, Conor already has a deep commitment to preserving our heritage and a firm understanding of our most important themes and most admirable qualities.”

Hepp, who earned a bachelor’s degree in History from WCU and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Temple, will join the Chester County History Center after a national search that attracted more than 70 applicants.

At the Barnes Foundation, he directed strategic planning and operations and initiated market research to grow visitation. Prior to his position at the Barnes, he was Director of Visitor and Gallery Services at the University of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw substantial revenue growth. In that role, he helped design an education program (funded by a $1.5 million grant) that served underprivileged K-12 students. His career also included operations management and supervision at the Franklin Institute.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Chester County History Center,” said Hepp. “With the inspiring staff, dedicated board, and amazing volunteers, CCHC is poised to expand its impact throughout our community, and beyond. I am excited to be able to play a part in sharing our county’s rich history.”

Hepp will replace Beverly Sheppard, who served as the nonprofit’s Interim President since July 2019.

Click here to learn more about the Chester County History Center.

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