Montshire Museum of Science hires new executive director

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NORWICH, Vermont — The Montshire Museum of Science has hired a vice president at the Brooklyn Children's Museum in New York to be its executive director.

Marcos Stafne will take over the position in April. He replaces longtime director David Goudy, who is retiring.

An estimated 75 candidates from around the country and as far away as Canada applied for the job, museum officials said, and about 11 applicants were interviewed.

Stafne, 37, has a doctorate in urban education. He has worked at the Orlando Science Center, the New York Hall of Science and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the Valley New reported. For the last two years, he has been vice president of programs and visitor experience at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

"He's first a charismatic leader," said Philip McCaull, chairman of the search committee, of Stafne. "You can tell he loves learning, he loves the process of informal science education. He's got great experience. Even though he's a young guy, he's been involved with museums for quite a while."

Stafne has expressed interest in using the museum's 110-acre campus for outdoor activities and bolstering relationships with Dartmouth College and area primary and secondary schools, the Valley News reported (http://bit.ly/1EBeZVD). He also hopes to expand the museum's adult programming.

The museum planned to hold a farewell celebration on Saturday for Goudy, who has been director for 34 years.

Last year it launched the David Goudy Discovery Fund to help build a new gallery, improve permanent exhibits and fund new ones.

Board of Trustees Chairwoman Cinny Bensen said more than $1 million has been collected for the fund.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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