Professor Drescher joined the Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) as Associate Director in 2015. Throughout this appointment he contributed to the transition of the HRC to its new governance model. In 2016 he became the third Director of the HRC, succeeding Robert Shipley, the second Director of the HRC.
Professor Robert Shipley became an active associate of the Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) as a graduate student in the 1990s. He organized events, published occasional papers and assisted with the functioning of the Centre. In 2003 he became director, a University appointed position, succeeding the founder and first director of the HRC, Gordon Nelson. He remained in this position until his retirement in 2016