Deborah Gangloff Announces Retirement as Crow Canyon President and CEO

Deborah Gangloff, Ph.D.
Deborah Gangloff, Ph.D. (Photo: Joyce Alexander)

After eight successful years at the helm, Deborah Gangloff, Ph.D., is stepping down as president and CEO of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center effective January 2018.

"It’s been a real honor to work with the amazing Board of Trustees and dedicated staff at Crow Canyon," said Gangloff. "The organization is proving every day that archaeology is more relevant in today’s world than ever. The lessons of the past can help us create a better future.”

Under her leadership, Crow Canyon has undergone incredible growth and change. This includes the expansion of the Center's programs and outreach to descendant Pueblo communities, establishment of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon, the construction of new campus facilities, the development of numerous partnerships with businesses and other not-for-profit organizations, enhanced relationships with donors in continued support of Crow Canyon's mission, the launch of a comprehensive fund-raising campaign that (thanks to Crow Canyon's incredible donors) has already reached over 60% of its goal.

In addition, Gangloff has increased Crow Canyon's advocacy for the protection of archaeological sites on public lands—including the creation of Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado and Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Gangloff, who earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Rutgers University in 1995, joined Crow Canyon as president and CEO in 2010 after nearly 30 years with American Forests—including six years as vice president of programs and then another 14 years as executive director. She replaced Dr. Ricky Lightfoot, who retired as Crow Canyon's president and CEO in 2010 to join the center's Board of Trustees.

“Deborah's successor is going to have some very big shoes to fill,” said Crow Canyon Board of Trustees member David Fraley. “As much as we've accomplished in the past eight years in all of our mission areas—archaeological research, education and outreach, mutually beneficial initiatives with Native American descendant communities, and cultural exploration opportunities—Deborah has been a big part of setting the table for Crow Canyon to exceed our previous accomplishments and perform as a truly world class institution. I'm very proud of her and the job she has done, and I wish all the best for her.”

"After eight great years running our organization we will miss Deborah and her leadership," said Crow Canyon Board of Trustees Chair Bruce Milne. "We wish her well in her upcoming retirement in 2018."

The Crow Canyon Board of Trustees has begun the search for a new president and CEO, and hopes to name a successor to Gangloff by the end of the year.