Michigan Science Center Hires President and CEO: The reopened and rechristened Michigan Science Center announced it has appointed Tonya Matthews as its new president and CEO. Effective Oct. 15, Matthews will succeed Jim Issner, interim executive director since December 2011 when he volunteered to assist in opening Mi-Sci. In her new position, Matthews will be responsible for overall operations of the Science Center, including implementing a strategic plan to fulfill the museum’s mission and promote growth. She also will oversee educational and community outreach programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets and external relations. Matthews was previously vice president of museums at Cincinnati Museum Center, directing the education, research and community engagement footprints of the three museum, three research center, multi-site institution. During her tenure, she was instrumental in positioning the museum as a thought leader in STEM education and engagement. Matthews created the Museum Center’s signature program in early childhood educator training in science that now annually trains more than 150 teachers throughout the region, with measurable classroom impact. Her responsibilities at the museum also included creating and sustaining private-public-corporate partnerships to support science, history and early childhood learning within the museums and across a three-state footprint. Prior to her position at the Cincinnati Museum Center, she joined Maryland Science Center as manager of BodyLink, an innovative, multimedia education center focused on biotechnology. During her tenure at the Science Center, Matthews created an outreach lab program for city high school students and was instrumental in founding institutional partnerships between BodyLink, the National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland and the Baltimore City Health Department. Matthews also has served as adjunct and visiting faculty at several colleges including Stevenson College in Maryland and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also spent an early part of her career at the Food and Drug Administration in the restorative and neurological devices division. Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and completed her doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University in biomedical engineering. Her undergraduate degree also includes a certificate in African and African-American Studies. She is the recipient of a Whitaker Foundation Award for Engineering Excellence, an alumni member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers, and sits on the board of directors for the American Alliance of Museums. More at http://www.michigansciencecenter.org.


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