Bonnie Burnham joined World Monuments Fund as executive director in 1985 and was named president in 1996. Previously she served from 1975 to 1985 as executive director of the International Foundation for Art Research. Ms. Burnham is an expert in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. She holds degrees in the history of art from the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Ms. Burnham has been honored as a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters, is a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida, and was the first recipient of its Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award in Historic Preservation. She holds an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College.