Each month IFCPP chooses a member that exemplifies what being an outstanding cultural property security professional is all about. From these excellent candidates we will choose our annual IFCPP Security Professional of the Year Award recipient. See past Featured Members here.
Richard Boardman, CIPM, CIPI and IFCPP Board Member, has worked in the Museum Security realm since the early 1990’s. Rich began working as a collection assistant at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History’s Collection of Fishes, cataloging specimens and entering the information into a database. A series of fortunate job changes led to his becoming the Manager of Operations and Security for the Museum.
The security model of many University Natural History Collections in the 1990’s was, to say the least, extremely immature. His task at the outset was to improve security across the Museum in both Public Exhibit areas, Collection Storage and work areas. He was also charged with working with the University Facilities department to improve the environmental conditions for the over 13 million specimens housed in the museums spaces.
In the beginning he felt hampered by not having a security background but soon discovered that he worked on a campus with a wealth of Cultural Property Protection experience and colleagues who were willing to share. He was able to network with colleagues in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Beinecke Rare Book Library and the Sterling Memorial Library. They worked together and learned a great deal about museum security and implementing improvements where they could when budgetary considerations permitted.
In 2008 Rich, along with a number of his Yale colleagues, attended the IFCPP conference in Boston and there received the CIPS certification, followed by CIPM and then CIPI. Yale Museums have worked to have the security staff take the CIPS course in each institution giving them all a strong baseline for training and a common standard for protection.
In 2017 Yale University hosted the 18th Annual IFCPP Conference, where Rich and several of his colleagues were on the planning committee. They were instrumental in making it extremely successful and well attended.
The Peabody Museum is currently embarking on a major renovation which will result in transformation of the exhibits programs and practices including the Security and Life Safety systems.
Rich is an active member of IFCPP's New England Chapter. He has two daughters, 3 grandchildren and is married to Lourdes Rojas.
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