The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Tim Mead has been named president Tuesday.
Mead, 61, has spent 40 years working in baseball, all with the Los Angeles Angels organization, including the last 22 years as the team’s vice president of communications.
“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Tim has accepted the position of President of the Hall of Fame,” said Hall Chair Jane Forbes Clark in a media release. “Tim is deeply respected throughout the baseball industry, among players, executives and media alike. He has a great affection for the game and its history, and we are looking forward to having him leading the efforts of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.”
With the Angels, Mead oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. He also served as Angels’ assistant general manager from 1994-97.
Mead, who began his career as an intern in 1980, was appointed director of media relations in 1985 and assistant vice president of media relations in 1991.
Mead becomes the seventh president in the 80-year history of the organization, following Stephen C. Clark, Sr. — founder of the Hall of Fame and grandfather of current Chairman Jane Forbes Clark — Paul Kerr, Edward W. Stack, Donald C. Marr Jr., Dale A. Petroskey and Jeff Idelson, who in February announced his upcoming retirement.
“I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to join the dedicated and amazing staff in Cooperstown,” Mead said in a media release. “Jane Forbes Clark’s commitment to the history of our great game, the preservation of its individual and team milestones, and the honoring of our greatest players, managers, executives and umpires makes working for the Hall of Fame a distinct honor. To follow in the footsteps of my close friend Jeff Idelson is an equally amazing privilege. The impact of his leadership during a 25-year tenure will always be a major part of the history of this illustrious institution.
“For the past 40 years I have had the distinguished honor of working for one of the finest organizations in Major League Baseball,” Mead continued. “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 was the 2000 recipient of the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence, awarded annually by Major League Baseball to an industry executive who excels in promoting the game.
Born in Athens, Greece, Mead is a 1980 graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona, California, with a degree in communications. He and his wife Carole have one son, Brandon.