This week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Kathryn Matthew to serve as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Dr. Kathryn Matthew is currently the chief science educator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a position she has held since 2014. She was a principal consultant and a product manager at Blackbaud, Inc. from 2008 to 2013, a director at Historic Charleston Foundation from 2006 to 2008, and an exhibits consultant at Chemical Heritage Foundation from 2005 to 2006.
Previously, Dr. Matthew was vice president at Please Touch Museum from 2003 to 2005 and a director at The Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2002. She was a director at Reebok International from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Matthew also held senior positions at various museums, including a director at Science City at Union Station from 1996 to 1998, executive director at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 1991 to 1994, deputy director at the Virginia Museum of Natural History from 1988 to 1990, and an assistant director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Matthew received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.