Science Museum of Virginia Selects Elizabeth Voelkel as Deputy Director
Elizabeth Voelkel has been named the deputy director of the Science Museum of Virginia. The deputy director is the second most senior position in the leadership structure, and is responsible for the efficient operations of the 40-year-old Museum.
In this role, Voelkel will oversee the teams that handle facilities management, marketing, program development, technology, financial services and education for the organization.
“Beth is a consummate museum professional and a key part of the current successes of the Science Museum,” said Rich Conti, chief wonder officer. “Not only does she look for every opportunity to celebrate the importance of science in our lives, but her energy, enthusiasm and willingness to do whatever it takes to create the best possible guest experience is second to none.”
A Museum employee for more than 22 years, Voelkel has held many positions, including volunteer services director and human resources director. Since 2008 she has been director of operations and inspiration.
Prior to joining the Science Museum of Virginia’s staff, Voelkel managed operations at the Valentine Museum for nearly five years and spent six years at Kings Dominion handling human resources and event activities. She has a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington and completed graduate course work in museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“The Museum has been on an impressive trajectory of growth the last five years,” Voelkel said. “I’m excited to help the Museum continue to excel and grow to become an even bigger community resource.”
About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world. Learn more at www.smv.org.
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