COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Longtime Los Angeles Angels media relations director Tim Mead has been appointed president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The 61-year-old Mead has spent 40 years working in baseball, all with the Angels. He has been their vice president of communications the past 22 years.
“I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to join the dedicated and amazing staff in Cooperstown,” Mead said in a statement Tuesday. “The Angels have meant everything to my family and me. My gratitude and respect to those I have worked with and for can never be totally conveyed.”
Mead becomes the seventh president in the 80-year history of the organization and will succeed Jeff Idelson, who announced in February he would retire after the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in July.
In his most recent position with the Angels, Mead oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. Before that, he served as Angels’ assistant general manager from 1994-97.
Mead was born in in Athens, Greece, and graduated from Cal Poly in Pomona, California with a communications degree. He began his career as an intern in the Angels’ public relations department in 1980. He was appointed director of media relations in 1985 and assumed the role of assistant vice president of media relations in 1991.
Mead also received the 2000 Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence, awarded annually by Major League Baseball to an industry executive who excels at promoting the sport.