Dr. Robert Breunig retired this year as president and chief executive officer of the Museum of Northern Arizona after having served in this capacity since 2003. He continues to work for the museum on special projects.
Dr. Breunig’s career included working at the Heard Museum in Phoenix as Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and then to Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden where he served as Executive Director for nine years. He left Arizona for a time, serving as Executive Director for California’s Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and, later, for The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Nationally, Dr. Breunig was appointed by both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB), the governing board of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. In 2012, he received the Individual Award at the 31st Annual Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Northern Arizona University. For the past six years, Breunig has served on the Arizona Commission on the Arts as a commissioner.