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Maine Discovery Museum Appoints New Executive Director, Kate Dickerson


BANGOR, ME - The Maine Discovery Museum’s Board of Directors has named Kate Dickerson Executive Director of the Maine Discovery Museum. Dickerson succeeds outgoing Executive Director Niles Parker, who accepted the position of the Executive Director of the Nantucket Historical Association in mid-May. Dickerson is the Founder and Director of the Maine Science Festival, a program of the Maine Discovery Museum that successfully re-launched its popular, in-person educational offerings in March.


Anne-Marie Storey, Board President, notes, “Kate is a positive and energetic leader. During her time as Interim Executive Director, she has shown extraordinary enthusiasm for the future of the Museum and has already developed and implemented positive changes and steps toward our future. The Board is excited to work with Kate as our new Executive Director and is confident that the Museum will thrive under her leadership.”

Niles Parker, the outgoing Executive Director explains, “Having had the pleasure of working closely with Kate over the past eight years, I am thrilled to see her step into this position and keep MDM’s momentum going. Her vision for the Maine Science Festival and her work to make it a reality have been inspiring. Our commitment to expanding public science education programs for people of all ages in Maine will only get stronger and more exciting. I know that the staff and Board will enjoy working with Kate and I’m eager to see MDM’s continued growth.”


Kate Dickerson explains, “I’m really excited about this opportunity, and look forward to continuing the work the MDM team has focused on since we reopened: creative learning for all ages through our exhibits and our extensive programming and outreach. I’m particularly excited about expanding our programming reach, taking what we’ve learned from the Maine Science Festival and our GSK Science in the Summer programs, and incorporating that more fully into MDM. We have a great team at the Museum, and I’m excited to move forward with them.”

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