MassMutual CEO Joins Springfield Museums’ Board Of Trustees

MassMutual CEO Joins Springfield Museums’ Board of Trustees

Roger Crandall is dedicated to arts education and to local volunteerism.

The Springfield Museums announce that Roger Crandall, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), has joined the Museums’ Board of Trustees.

In making the announcement, John O’Brien, the Chairman of the Springfield Museums’ Board of Trustees said, “As we welcome Roger Crandall as our new member, we are pleased to recognize his dedication to education and to fostering community engagement with art, history and science. It will be a privilege to work with him in his new leadership role on the Museums’ Board.”

Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums, continued “the support of the Board has always been vital to our efforts to build the Museums’ collections and audiences and to make meaningful connections between the world of culture and ideas. Along with being a member of the Smithsonian National Board, Roger Crandall is dedicated to our mission as an educational institution and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”

A year ago, the Springfield Museums celebrated their new connection with the Smithsonian Institution as a Smithsonian Affiliate. The affiliation allows the Museums to host exhibits from the vast, rich collections of the Smithsonian, such as the upcoming exhibit Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House, which features twenty-seven iconic portraits of the first family by Richard Avedon from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of History. The partnership with the Smithsonian is made possible by funding from MassMutual Foundation. MassMutual Foundation is also a season supporter of the Springfield Museums, helping to make possible innumerable exhibits, educational programs, and special events.

“For 165 years, MassMutual has been a member of the Springfield community and a strong supporter of respected non-profit institutions like the Springfield Museums,” Mr. Crandall said. “We particularly welcome the opportunity to  support efforts that inspire people to never stop learning and growing, and I am honored to join the Board of Trustees for the Museums as they continue to provide educational and enrichment opportunities that benefit the quality of life in this region.”

Helping the Springfield Museums become a Smithsonian Affiliate marked a major turning point in the 160-year history of the Museums. The Smithsonian Institution is recognized as one of the world’s foremost museum and research institutions, with 19 museums and over 200 affiliates spread across the U.S. and its territories. As an Affiliate, the Springfield Museums are able to bring the Smithsonian’s considerable resources and collections to the residents of Western Massachusetts.

The announcement of Crandall joining the Board of Trustees at the Springfield Museums coincides with the second annual Smithsonian Week in Springfield festivities, which include a gala co-chaired by Crandall and U.S. Representative Richard Neal. (Please see schedule below.)

In addition to his role at MassMutual, Mr. Crandall takes an active leadership role in industry, civic, academic and economic development organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Roundtable and a member of the Business Roundtable. He also serves on the Smithsonian National Board, the American Council of Life Insurers Executive Committee, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the Wharton Board of Leadership Advisors, the University of Vermont Foundation Leadership Council and the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Mr. Crandall, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He earned his MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


Join the Museums December 7-14, 2017, for the 2nd annual Smithsonian Week in Springfield, celebrating the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, one of Massachusetts’s most notable native sons. Through lectures, exhibitions, and performances, the Springfield Museums and the Smithsonian highlight the legacy of JFK and the impact of his presidency on American history and culture.

Smithsonian Week in Springfield is made possible by the generous support of MassMutual Foundation.

LECTURE: Thursday, December 7 at 12:15 p.m.
The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family lecture by Shannon Perich, Curator, National Museum of American History. This talk is part of the Museums á la Carte series.

EXHIBITION OPENS: Friday, December 8
Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House exhibition opens at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Twenty-seven iconic photographs by illustrious photographer Richard Avedon, on loan from the National Museum of American History, provide a glimpse into the Kennedys’ personal life while also documenting their public image. Sponsored by American International College. Media sponsor, The Advocate.

A companion exhibit in the Wood Museum of Springfield History features campaign memorabilia from the collection of Frank Andruss Sr., photographs of the Kennedys from The Republican Archives, and collectibles that highlight the cultural impact of the Kennedys on America.

EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE: Monday, December 11, 4-6:30 p.m.
Educator Open House with Briana Zavadil White, Student and Teacher Program Manager at the National Portrait Gallery. Looking to the permanent collection and Avedon photographs in the Museums’ galleries, White will share with educators ideas on how use portraiture as an interdisciplinary tool for learning.

LECTURE: Thursday, December 14 at 12:15 p.m.
The Smithsonian’s Jazz Orchestra lecture by Kennith R. Kimery, Supervisory Producer, American Music History Initiatives at the National Museum of American History. This talk is part of the Museums á la Carte series.

CULTURE & COCKTAILS, 5-8:00 p.m.
Culture & Cocktails: A Holiday in Camelot features two concerts by a sextet of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. The performances will explore the musical journey of saxophonist Paul Winter during his 1962 U. S. State Department tour of South America, which culminated with the first jazz concert for young people at the White House, hosted by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Holiday Gala: A Night in Camelot

December 7 @ 6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Cost: $225
Smithsonian Week and the opening of the Jack & Jackie exhibit will be marked with the Springfield Museums yearly holiday gala. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth, this year’s gala is themed “A Night in Camelot.” Honorary co-chairs Representative Richard E. Neal and Roger Crandall, CEO, of MassMutual, will join honored guests from the Smithsonian Institution to celebrate.

Wood History Museum Companion Exhibit: Collecting Camelot

Collecting Camelot: The Kennedy Era and its Collectibles—opening December 8, 2017,  in the Wood Museum of Springfield History—features a selection of campaign memorabilia, posters, toys, and other vintage items from the Kennedy era that illustrate the popularity of our 35th president. Items range from those produced for his presidential campaign to satirical items and collectibles from the period. Gathered from the Museum collection, several private collectors, and the extensive collection of Frank J. Andruss Sr., the show compliments the exhibition Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Collecting Camelot offers a look at the enduring appeal of the Kennedys through objects, and illustrates how Jack and Jackie Kennedy, their family, and the time memorialized as Camelot still resonate with people to this day.