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    The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Derby Museum has announced that Mr. Patrick Armstrong will be serving as the new president of the museum effective August 10, 2015. Armstrong, who has been serving as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Kentucky Derby Festival, will be the fifth president in the museum’s 30 year history.

    "I am honored and excited to begin this new chapter in my professional career as President and CEO at Kentucky Derby Museum," commented Armstrong.  “I look forward to continuing the track record of great success that has been building since 1985 and leading the outstanding staff at the Museum.  I am very grateful for the confidence of the Kentucky Derby Museum Board of Directors in allowing me the opportunity to serve in this role.”     

    Current President Lynn Ashton remarked, “It is the right time for me to turn over the reins to a new president and Patrick is the ideal person to lead the Kentucky Derby Museum to its next level of achievement.  He is highly respected and has a solid track record of success.  I have no doubt that he, along with the leadership team, will embrace the vision of the Board and take the Museum to new heights.”

    Ashton, who had served as the museum’s president for 20 years, guided the museum through a $10 million dollar renovation following heavy flooding in 2009.

    The Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, services 200,000 people annually. The museum has recently updated to recognize the achievements of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. 


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