Head of National Constitution Center announces resignation

President and CEO of the National Constitution Center David Eisner announced today that he’ll be stepping down from his post in October.

“It’s the right time,” Eisner told PhillyClout, adding, “I got some big ideas.”

Eisner, who oversaw the Center’s FREEDOM! Initiative, an effort to increase the Center’s regional and national awareness declined to share details about those ideas and said only that the next step for him would be in the realm of civic engagement with a focus on strengthening the culture of democracy.

“I feel so grateful and honored to have been able to lead such an amazing institution,” Eisner said. “This is an incredible and passionate place.”

Eisner also declined to disclose details as to when he reached out to the Center’s Board of Trustees regarding his decision to resign. Eisner will stay for the presentation of the 2012 Liberty Medal to Muhammad Ali and will depart Oct. 31. Vince Stango, Chief Operating Officer, will serve in an interim position. Eisner will aid in the search for a new leader.

In 2009 the Center’s Board of Trustees selected Eisner to head the National Constitution Center. The board includes former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. 

According to the news release, Eisner helped craft a five-year strategic plan, won the museum accreditation from the American Association of Museums, launched the Center’s first comprehensive branding campaign, reinvested in relationships with other Philadelphia cultural institutions and neighboring historic attractions, and strengthened the Center’s staff in communications, sales, marketing, development, exhibitions and public engagement.