January 29, 2020

Museum of the American Revolution Announces New Board Chair Morris W. Offit

Former Chairman General John P. Jumper Will Remain on the Board

The Museum of the American Revolution announced today that Morris W. Offit has been unanimously elected as Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. Former Board Chairman General John P. Jumper will remain as a Board Member. The Museum, which opened in 2017, is approaching its third anniversary on April 19, 2020, and has welcomed more than 875,000 visitors from around the world. 

Morris W. Offit
Morris W. Offit

Offit serves as Chairman of Offit Capital, a wealth management advisory firm headquartered in New York. He joined the Museum’s Board in April 2016 and serves as Chair of the Museum’s Development Committee.

“Morris has a genuine passion for preserving history and continues to demonstrate his strong personal and professional commitment to our mission,” said Jumper. “I have great confidence that his intelligence, enthusiasm, and strategic vision will guide the Museum to its fullest potential, expanding its reach and impact nationally and internationally as we approach the 250th anniversary of our nation in 2026 and beyond.”

Jumper was named Chairman of the Board in December 2016 when Founding Chairman H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest stepped down after 11 years of service. Jumper joined the Board in September 2014 and became Vice Chairman in December 2015. From March – October 2018, he served as Acting President and CEO of the Museum.

“We are truly indebted to John for his integrity, humility, and extraordinary service to our country and its history. I have been honored to serve alongside an individual of his talents and achievement,” said Offit. “I share his dedication and passion for the mission of this Museum and look forward to working with President and CEO Scott Stephenson and this exceptional team to ensure that the promise of the American Revolution endures.”

Morris W. Offit is Chairman of Offit Capital. Previously, he founded and was CEO of OFFITBANK, a wealth management private bank, which merged into Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo in 1999. Offit began his career in 1960 at Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company in Baltimore in investment research. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1969 and for 10 years was a General Partner, establishing the Stock Research Department with subsequent responsibility for fixed income and equity sales. 

Offit’s primary affiliations in the non-profit sector include: Johns Hopkins University (Former Chairman), Jewish Museum in New York (Former Chairman), UJA-Federation of New York (Former Chairman and President), WNET (Trustee), and New-York Historical Society (Former Trustee). Offit is an avid collector of antique American flags.

Offit received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1957 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He was the recipient of an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from Johns Hopkins University in 1996.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.