Carol B. Cadou, currently the senior vice president of historic preservation and collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, was named director and CEO of Delaware’s Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. She will succeed David P. Roselle, who announced that he will step down from the helm of the institution on June 1, after ten years as executive director.
“Henry Francis du Pont had a remarkable vision for the role of his collections in telling the American story,” said Cadou of the American horticulturist and collector of early American furniture and decorative arts, who founded the museum. “I look forward to working with the highly engaged board of trustees and talented staff to bring those compelling stories to a wide range of visitors.”
Cadou has curated numerous exhibitions, such as “Saving Mount Vernon: The Birth of Preservation in America” (2003) and “Treasures from Mount Vernon” (2006), which were presented at the National Building Museum, and written several books, including the forthcoming titles Future of Historic Preservation at George Washington’s Mount Vernon (2019) and George and Martha Washington’s Mount Vernon: At Home in Virginia, 1759–1799 (2020).
Cadou started her career in 1999, at Mount Vernon, and was appointed to her current position in 2014. She has also served on the board of governors for the Decorative Arts Trust since 2008 and worked as part of the Maryland State Archives and the Historic Charleston Foundation. She has a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, which is cosponsored by the University of Delaware, and in 2019, she will complete her MBA degree at Ohio University.