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Myriam Springuel, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will serve as Interim Director of Smithsonian Affiliations until a permanent director is named. Springuel replaces Harold Closter, who is retiring June 3. Teng Chamchumrus, the Executive Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, will support Springuel as Interim Chief Operating Officer.
Springuel brings 30 years of experience in museum planning, management, exhibitions, education, and staff training. She was named Director of SITES in 2015. Prior to this appointment, she worked for 19 years as a consultant with museums across the country. Earlier in her career, she curated fine arts exhibitions and developed education programs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland.
Chamchumrus has 15 years of nonprofit management experience. He worked for the Under Secretary for Finance and Administration, and he served as Interim Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center in 2015. He holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Smithsonian Affiliations has grown into a globally recognized program that establishes and maintains the Smithsonian’s long-term partnerships with museums, educational organizations, and cultural institutions across the country—there are now more than 200 affiliated organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama.
Posted: 28 April 2017