Press Release  August 26, 2017

Keith L. Prewitt, Former Deputy Director for the United States Secret Service, Named Chief Security Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Keith L. Prewitt has been appointed to the role of Chief Security Officer for the Museum. 

Mr. Prewitt is presently Vice President for Cable Security and Facilities at Comcast Corporation, where he oversees the development and implementation of security and risk-management practices, while setting the strategic vision for the organization in coordination with other key functions within company. 

"The safety and security of The Met's visitors, staff, and collection are of utmost importance," said Mr. Weiss. "Keith's dedication to his work, coupled with his vast experience in the field, ensures that the Museum will continue to maintain its exceedingly high standards in this absolutely critical area."

Before joining Comcast Corporation, Mr. Prewitt served as President of Harvard Enterprise Risk Solutions, LLC, and Harvard Protection Services, LLC, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic leadership and served as the internal and external point of contact for industry expertise and knowledge regarding the markets for risk management, strategic security consultation, and protection services. Prior to his work there, Mr. Prewitt served 30 years with the United States Secret Service, including four years as the agency’s Deputy Director. In that role, he oversaw the senior executive team and served as the agency’s Chief Operations Officer, managing the daily operations of a workforce numbering approximately 7,000, a $1.5 billion budget, and related activities. 

“It's an honor to take on this role at The Met,” said Mr. Prewitt, “and I’m looking forward to working with the Museum’s leadership team, as well as the highly respected team of security managers and personnel that is already in place at the Museum,” said Mr. Prewitt. 

At The Met, Mr. Prewitt will be joining the senior leadership team and will be responsible for overseeing security operations and strategy at the Museum’s three locations (The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters). Mr. Prewitt will start at the Museum in September and is preceded by John Barelli, who retired in 2016 after 30 years as Chief Security Officer. 

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