Executive Director, Bell Museum of Natural History

Four candidates have been selected by the search committee to participate in an interview process for Executive Director of the Bell Museum of Natural History.  Each candidate will present a public seminar to articulate their vision for the position at the Bell Museum and Planetarium.  The seminars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Candidates

Mark Meister 

Thursday, May 19, 2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am followed by a 30 minute question and answer period
Bell Museum Auditorium

Mark Meister CV

Evaluation

Seminar video

Denise Young

Monday, May 23, 2016 
10:30 am - 11:30 am followed by a 30 minute question and answer period
Bell Museum Auditorium

Denise Young CV

Evaluation

Seminar video

Beth Redmond-Jones

Thursday, June 2, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am followed by a 30 minute question and answer period
Bell Museum Auditorium

Beth Redmond-Jones CV

Evaluation

Seminar video

Samuel Taylor

Monday, June 13, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am followed by a 30 minute question and answer period
Bell Museum Auditorium

Samuel Taylor CV

Evaluation

Seminar video

Executive Director Position Profile 

The University of Minnesota has an exciting opportunity for an Executive Director who will oversee our mission to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. Specifically, the Executive Director will:

  • Be a visible leader at the University, local, regional, and national level who will represent and build support for the institution;
  • Advance innovative educational programs and visitor experiences that deepen science literacy and serve the educational needs of a diverse, urban community;
  • Engage in fundraising efforts and events to develop major donor support;
  • Ensure strong, evidence-based operations that are efficient and fiscally responsible;
  • Create a dynamic social gathering space for life-long learning and informed discussion of scientific and environmental issues;
  • Oversee and facilitate the museum's curatorial mission.

Read more about the position 

Executive Director Search Committee

Michael Schmitt, Associate Dean for Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science, Search Chair
Sharon Jansa, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Curator of Mammals, Bell Museum
Karen Dewanz, Director of Finance, CFANS
Lewis Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer, Institute on the Environment
Shoghig Berberian, Associate Director of K-12 Education & Family Programs, Bell Museum
Sally Brummel, Planetarium Program Manager, Bell Museum
Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits, Bell Museum
Lee Pfannmuller, Bell Museum Advisory Board President
Lawrence Rudnick, Professor, Astrophysics

Contact Information

For questions about this position, please contact:
Michael Schmitt, Search Committee Chair & Associate Dean for Extension
at schmi009@umn.edu or 612-625-7098.

Questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Lori Loberg at theis020@umn.edu or 612-624-8349.

More on the Position

A new, world class museum facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120-seat planetarium/digital theater and expanded educational areas in scheduled to open in St. Paul on the University of Minnesota campus in 2018. This $64M facility will showcase University of Minnesota research, scholarship and education in natural science. The museum's exhibits and public programming will foster scientific literacy for all ages and will serve as a vital interface between the University and the larger community.

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