Hartford, Conn, January 22, 2015 – Richard J. Tuchman has been named chief development officer for the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). Tuchman, a prominent Connecticut fundraising professional, began in the position
Before joining CHS, Tuchman served as vice president for university advancement at the University of New Haven. With nearly three decades of fundraising experience, Tuchman also served as a development executive at Yale University, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, University of Saint Joseph and the American Heart Association. He began his career with the Boy Scouts of America.
Under six years of Tuchman’s leadership, University of New Haven fundraising increased more than 150 percent. He was on the senior team that completed the University of Hartford’s $175 million capital campaign, and he led a successful $30 million campaign at the University of Saint Joseph.
Tuchman’s hiring is part of CHS’ recent reorganization under its strategic plan. The goal: to more actively engage Connecticut residents in learning about and from the state’s past and present, helping people share and preserve the history they make every day, according to Executive Director Jody Blankenship.
Tuchman will lead fundraising, membership and development efforts for CHS. He joins Director of Administration Kevin Hughes who oversees financial activities, facilities management and technology.
“The future of CHS is in how we create conversations and how we help communities tell their stories,” said Blankenship.“We look forward to working with Rick as we develop programs that reach people of all ages, races and backgrounds and draw from their perspectives in the historical process.”
Tuchman, a longtime Middletown, Conn., resident, was born in New York City and raised in New Bedford, Mass., before settling in Connecticut in 1985. He is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to help build support for an institution that is so clearly both a state and national treasure,” Tuchman said. “The Connecticut Historical Society’s impressive work for the past 190 years is inspirational, and the organization’s plans for expansion and transformation will create a new model for historical societies that will be emulated throughout the country in years to come.”
About the Connecticut Historical Society
Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.
Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CHS houses a nonprofit museum, library, archive and education center that is open to the public. The CHS campus houses a research center containing over 3.5 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials.
CHS programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities and make informed decisions based on our past and present.
For more information, visit chs.org.