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Free Library Leader Leaves To Head Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center has a new leader, at least temporarily.

Free Library Leader Leaves To Head Constitution Center


Inquirer staff writer Peter Dobrin reports:

The National Constitution Center has a new leader, at least temporarily.

Linda E. Johnson will become acting president and CEO when Joseph M. Torsella leaves at the end of January.
A member of the Center’s board since 1997, Johnson is resigning as CEO of the Free Library of Philadelphia Library Foundation to take the job. She is a veteran of various boards, from the Free Library to Hamilton College to the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

At the Free Library, Johnson, a lawyer, was working to raise money for a renovation and major expansion of the main branch.

The project is still happening, though a groundbreaking is not imminent.

"We were ready to go to groundbreaking, but with the situation with the branches and the economy, we decided not to go to groundbreaking just yet," said spokeswoman Sandra Horrocks.

About $105 million has been promised toward the project's $175 million goal, Horrocks said. "We have a ways to go. We’re still fund-raising," she said.

A CEO search committee will be established, and today Johnson was put back on the Free Library Foundation's board.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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