Richard Nixon Library Hires New CEO


After three years of searching for a new leader, The Richard Nixon Library and Museum has hired 62 year, old Michael Ellzey, as their new CEO, reported

“I’m really looking forward to getting up there, to be honest with you,” said Ellzey. Micheal Ellzey is a former CEO of the Orange County Great Park Corp., and is a former assistant manager for the city of Irvine. “I enjoy the area and I am so pleased to be able to join the library and work toward integrating the library and its programs into the Yorba Linda community.”

Ellzey will begin his job in January 12. “I certainly have a lot to learn, so I plan on very immediately listening and learning and working hard to, first of all, provide support to the archivists and the NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) executive team,” Ellzey said.

The Nixon’s last director, Timothy Naftali, left in 2011. He was responsible for converting the privately run institute into one of the 13 libraries in the federal governments Nation Archives system in 2007, according to

According to, both of Nixon’s daughters signed the recommendation for Ellzey, instead of the other that would not be named. “It’s not healthy for any institution to be without a permanent leader for three years, and the staff has shrunk in size because of the uncertainty,” the previous president of the library, Naftali, said. “Now, under Mr. Ellzey’s leadership, I foresee that the library will grow again and that the releases (of documents and other information) will be more frequent and the programming will be more active.”