Kevin CherryDeputy Secretary for Archives, History and Parks

A native of Denver, N.C., Dr. Kevin Cherry is the deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and director of the Office of Archives, History and Parks. He oversees the operations of the divisions of State History and Maritime Museums, State Historic Sites and Properties, Archives and Records, Historical Resources (including the State Historic Preservation Office, Office of Historical Research, and the Office of State Archaeology), and commissions (including Roanoke Island Festival Park and Tryon Palace), State Parks and Recreation, Education and Outreach, and Land and Water Stewardship. As Keeper of the Capitol, he oversees the museum functions of the State Capitol and the Executive Mansion. He is also the Secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission and the State Historic Preservation Officer.

An archivist by training, Cherry worked for the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the nation’s largest competitive grant program for libraries and archives. One of the primary missions of this program was to enhance the nation’s abilities to preserve the record of human achievement stored in digital form. He has also taught in the College of Education at East Carolina University and worked as the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ consultant for special collections where he helped transition the state’s special collection libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and historical societies into the digital age through NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online), a program adopted by numerous other states. He has also worked as local history librarian at Rowan Public Library, and as an archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of numerous professional archives, public history, and historical associations.

Cherry has his B.S. in Biology (specializing in Cell Biology), an M.A. in History (specializing in History of Science), an M.S. in Library Science (specializing in Archives), and a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science (specializing in Archives and Cultural Informatics), all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.