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October 10, 2022

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University has
named Robert Santelli as its Executive Director. Santelli will oversee the Springsteen Archives
and work to create programs, exhibits, and collaborations with music museums and universities
around the country.

Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, President of Monmouth University and Chair of the Board of Directors of
the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, said, “I am thrilled to have Bob
officially join our team as we develop our partnership with Bruce Springsteen to house his
archives here on campus, and to expand our programs in American music, for which there is
such a tremendous history here in New Jersey and especially at the Jersey Shore.”
Jon Landau, Springsteen’s longtime manager and Vice-Chair of the Bruce Springsteen Archives
and Center for American Music, added, “Bob Santelli, with his Jersey Shore roots and music
history background, is the best person to oversee the Springsteen collection, and to create a
vibrant center for American music education and experiences. Bob was at The Stone Pony in the
early ‘70’s when Bruce started playing there, writing reviews for the Asbury Park Press, and has
been a good friend ever since.”

A GRAMMY Award-winning music historian, producer, and educator, Santelli was the
Founding Executive Director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the author of more
than a dozen books on American music, including the New York Times best-seller, Greetings
from Asbury Park: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Santelli also produces
the American Strings series and lectures on popular music and the music industry at Oregon
State University, an affiliate of both the GRAMMY Museum and the Bruce Springsteen
Archives and Center for American Music.

A longtime music journalist, Santelli was one of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s
original curators and vice-president of education and public programs before moving on to head
Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project in Seattle. While at the GRAMMY Museum, Santelli
created the popular public program series “An Evening with…”and developed more than 50
exhibitions including Woody Guthrie, Frank Sinatra, and Leonard Bernstein centennial

Santelli also served as an executive producer of the acclaimed public television series, In
Performance at the White House and worked closely with First Lady Michelle Obama to present
more than a dozen music education programs at White House during the Obama administration.
“I’m honored to serve my alma mater and join Archives Director Eileen Chapman as one of the
caretakers of Bruce Springsteen’s incredible legacy,” Santelli. “The opportunity to bring the
Archives and Center for American Music onto the nation’s cultural and educational landscapes is
a rare opportunity that I deeply appreciate.”