Hands On! Museum Names New Director12.14.2005
JOHNSON CITY, TN — The Hands On! Regional Museum Board of Directors has announced that Patricia "Trish" Patterson has been selected as the next Executive Director. Currently Duffie Jones serves as Executive Director and has announced her retirement will begin in January 2006.
An Executive Director Search Committee was formed in September and a nationwide search was conducted. Twenty-three highly qualified candidates from all over the country applied for the position, making the selection a competitive and difficult decision.
"I am thrilled that we were able to find someone with Patterson's experience and abilities from our own community. Her career path as a lawyer and educator, coupled with her ability to motivate people, will serve us well as she leads the museum to the next level of excellence," stated Lori Fatherree, Hands On! Board Chairman.
A native of Johnson City, Patterson is a graduate of Science Hill High School, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She will assume the role of Executive Director on January 9. Her broad background includes working in education in both the public and private sector.
"As a member of this community, I appreciate the years of dedication and work done by the Hands On! Regional Museum staff, board of directors, and area supporters. Under the steady and enthusiastic leadership of Duffie Jones, this team has placed Hands On! in a strong position," Patterson says. "As the new museum director, I look forward to leading this team as we take the Hands On! Regional Museum to the next level. With this region's support, I know that this dedicated team will offer new and creative opportunities that fulfill the museum's mission of welcoming people of all ages to discover, explore, and create."
"The Museum's board and staff are very excited to have Trish assume the leadership role," Jones states. "Her experience and leadership qualities will provide her a springboard to great success."
The museum opened in September 1987 with 10 exhibits in 10,000 square feet. Today Hands On! Regional Museum boasts 22,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and hosts two special shows each year. The museum has seen more than one million visitors from all 50 states and several foreign countries and was recently recognized by Child Magazine as one of the top museums for children. The museum serves 40 school systems in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky through on-site and outreach programming.
Hands On! is a member of the Tennessee Science Alliance and the Association of Science-Technology Centers, collaborating with other museums to strengthen communities through science, art, and humanities programming.
For more information, call 423-434-HAND.