Historic Newton Board Elects Carl M. Cohen President

Historic Newton Board Elects Carl M. Cohen President

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2012
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Newton, MA.  Historic Newton has elected Carl M. Cohen of Newton as its new President of the Board.  Carl succeeds Anne Larner and brings his business acumen, academic experience, and extensive knowledge of Historic Newton and the city of Newton to this position. 

"I am honored to have been chosen to be the next President of the Board of Historic Newton," Carl says.  "Having been on the Board for four years, I continue to be impressed by the high quality of the programming, hands-on museum exhibits and family activities offered by this energetic and growing organization.  I salute our outgoing President Anne Larner, who has set a high standard in her many accomplishments for this organization. Under Anne's leadership, we are in the process of restoring our latest acquisition, the 1734 Durant Kenrick-House and Grounds on Waverley Avenue, which will include a new education wing.  All of us at Historic Newton are committed to enabling our visitors to learn from this community's rich political, social and economic history. I encourage every resident of Newton and the greater Boston area to follow and participate in our many activities and programs by visiting historicnewton.org."

Carl M. Cohen has been on the Board of Historic Newton for the past four years.  Professionally, Carl is President of Science Management Associates, and provides coaching, consultation and training in interpersonal, group and organizational skills to scientists and science executives in both the public and private sectors.  Carl has more than 30 years of biomedical research and management expertise, including having been a senior executive at several local biotechnology companies as well as a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Carl is co-author, with his wife Suzanne, of the popular book Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2nd ed., 2012. Carl has done training and on-site management consulting for top ten pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies, both in the US and internationally, as well as for academic and governmental agencies in the US.  Carl and his wife Suzanne have been residents of Newton for 34 years, and have two daughters, Zoe (an artist) and Phoebe (a paleontologist).

“I am delighted to welcome Carl as our new Board president,” says Historic Newton Director Cindy Stone.  “He has the unique ability to balance powerful management skills with a good sense of humor—a valuable combination for working with a volunteer board and a small professional staff.  The next few years will be extremely busy for us as we complete and open the Durant-Kenrick project and improve our archives facilities.  He is just the man for the job.”

“Carl Cohen’s energy, vision and proven leadership is just what Historic Newton needs to finish the work underway and provide expanded opportunities for members of the community to discover more about the city they live in,” says Anne Larner.


Historic Newton is the umbrella name for the Newton Historical Society, Inc. (a 501 (c) 3 organization), Newton’s Burying Grounds Preservation, the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and the City of Newton’s Jackson Homestead and Museum.  For additional information, please visit historicnewton.org.