The board of trustees of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has named Jennifer Pace Robinson the museum’s new president and chief executive officer. She succeeds Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, who is retiring after 21 years in the role.
Pace Robinson joined the museum in 1992 and most recently served as executive vice president. During her tenure, she has held a variety of positions, including exhibit manager, educator and programmer, and curator and director of exhibits.
“Jennifer’s flair for design and passion for education consistently captures the attention and admiration of museum experts worldwide,” said Julie Carmichael, chairman of the board for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Jennifer is so well-respected on the global stage that she has been asked to serve as an international consultant to emerging museums, including those in Egypt, China, Japan and South Korea.”
The museum process says the transition process began two years ago when Patchen began considering retirement. During his tenure as CEO, Patchen oversaw three expansions of the museum, as well as the addition of several major exhibits such as the Dinosphere, the Fireworks of Glass and the Sports Legends Experience.
Pace Robinson will begin her new role immediately.