Indiana State Museum President Stepping Down, Successor Named

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites President and Chief Executive Officer Tom King has announced his retirement. The board of directors has unanimously elected Cathy Ferree (pictured) to assume his role May 1. King was instrumental in bringing blockbuster exhibitions like Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition to the museum, and spearheaded the on-going INVision capital campaign, which is funding the core gallery renovations, as well as projects at the statewide historic sites. In fall of 2016, the ISMHS unveiled the completed first phase of this five-phase project that will culminate during the ISMHS’ sesquicentennial in 2019. There will be a month-long transition period before Ferree officially takes over. She presently serves as vice president and chief operating officer of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers. Ferree previously served as associate vice president of exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She also served as a founding member of the staff for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and has more than 30 years of experience in the museum business. Ferree has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management degree, both from Indiana University.

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