Dr. Stephen L. Whittington has tendered his resignation as Director of the Museum of Anthropology, effective February 28. He will become Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, in March.
The Museum’s staff and students have accomplished many things under Whittington’s leadership over the past 12 years including the following highlights:
- National, regional, and state award-winning publications, exhibits, website, and collections preservation efforts.
- More than $400,000 in grants from agencies and foundations, including three from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and two from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Digital access to everything in the collections through the Online Artifact and Archives Databases.
- Vibrant and popular K-12 educational programs that successfully weathered “No Child Left Behind” and changes to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
- Collections cataloged and inventoried in a safe and secure storage facility.
- Up-to-date governing documents, including a collections plan, disaster response plan, and statement of ethics.
- Improved quality and scope of collections through acquisitions, especially the MAW, Rilling, Lam, Salgo, and Wachovia Historical Society donations.
- Collaborations with Delta Arts Center, Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, St. Bonaventure University, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District, and Wake Forest departments and offices.
- Culturally diverse and increasingly empowered Advisory Board.
Regarding his departure, Whittington said, “I want to thank the members of the MOA Advisory Board and MOA Friends for their encouragement and support and Wake Forest University for providing the collections with a safe and secure off-site curation facility. I particularly want to acknowledge my hard-working and dedicated staff through the years, Beverlye Hancock, Myrna Mackin, Kim Robertson, Anne Gilmore, Sara Cromwell, Kyle Bryner, and Tina Smith, as well as numerous student employees and interns, without whom none of these accomplishments would have been possible.”
Following Whittington’s departure, an interim leadership team will take over his duties. Sara Cromwell will serve as interim assistant director with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Museum, and Dr. Steven Folmar, assistant professor in the anthropology department, will serve as interim academic director.