PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

Feb 22, 2017

Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.


John Morris standing with PRM Board Chairman Sid Ruckriegel during the announcement Wednesday, February 22, 2017 that Morris is the incoming President and CEO of the museum.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.


Morris says this feels like a full circle move in his career. He says his number one priority will facilitating the community’s involvement in supporting the multi-disciplinary excellence of Peoria Riverfront Museum. “Helping the community facilitate its own ambitions is what fundraising is about. It’s finding people who want a community of culture and enrichment and education at the highest levels and asking them to support it. As a private museum that’s the only way we can do business when people step forward.”  

Morris’s first day on the job is April 10th. He's replacing Sam Gappmayer who departed last fall for similar job at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin after about three years on the job.   Debbie Ritschel is interim CEO.