February 22, 2020
Museum of Science in Boston Selects Tim Ritchie as President

Tim Ritchie
December 6, 2019 — The Museum of Science in Boston, one of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts and a top cultural institution in New England, this week announced it has named Tim Ritchie to be its next president, following a national search.

Richie, who will assume his new role on Feb. 3, will succeed Wayne Bouchard, who has been serving as interim president and chief operating officer since Ioannis Miaoulis stepped down from the position last January after 16 years.

Gwill York, board chair of the Museum of Science, Boston, said, “As science and technology rapidly reshape our lives, the Museum of Science, Boston continues to reimagine its offerings, create experiences for all ages, inspire people to explore their interests as well as develop their ability to create a better world."

He added, "Tim’s commitment to bring science education to everyone, coupled with his leadership skills, are perfectly aligned with the museum’s mission to transform people’s relationship with science, technology, engineering, and math.”

A recognized leader in promoting education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through partnerships with K-12 schools, universities, and Silicon Valley’s tech industry, Richie currently serves as president and chief executive officer of The Tech Interactive in San Jose, Calif., a post he has held since 2011. The organization this year received the highest award given by the Association for Science and Technology Centers, and in 2015 received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor an American museum can earn in the country.

“We live in a world that is abundant with talent, but not with opportunity,” Ritchie said. “Science centers should be in the opportunity business. I am honored to be joining the Museum of Science, with its established record of broadening access to STEM, and am excited to deepen this commitment in the community.”

Earlier, Richie served as president and CEO of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala., and president and CEO of the Zoom Group in Louisville, Ky.

Richie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, a law degree from the Duke University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The museum said Ritchie will join the museum "at an exciting new phase of growth and development designed to broaden the participation of visitors of all ages, expand the museum’s reach, and leverage the museum’s position as the leader in preK-8 engineering and computer science curricula."

The museum currently is rolling out a 10-year master plan that includes the planned launch of a major capital campaign, new permanent and traveling exhibits, new computer science curricula, and redesign of its 100,000-square-foot Blue Wing.

In welcoming Richie, Bouchard said, "The museum is strong on every measure and Tim is well positioned to deliver our essential mission."

Founded in 1830, the museum this year was ranked by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) the tenth largest nonprofit organization in Massachusetts, according to assets, with $291 million in assets. In 2018, 1.46 million people visited the museum, making it the most visited museum in the state.

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