Discovery museum

Maine Discovery Museum appoints interim executive director

BANGOR, Maine – The Maine Discovery Board of Trustees has named Kate Dickerson interim executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum. Dickerson will succeed outgoing executive director Niles Parker, who recently announced he will become 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, which successfully relaunched its popular in-person educational offerings in March.

“We are delighted that Kate has agreed to serve in this capacity during this transition,” said Anne-Marie Storey, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “The Museum is more committed than ever to building on our recent successes, including those achieved by Kate and Museum staff with the recent Maine Science Festival, and to continuing to grow in exciting ways to serve the community. The Board is confident that Kate will be invaluable in setting the goals and objectives for the future of the Museum while providing the administrative guidance we need during this time of transition.

Parker said, “Having had the pleasure of working closely with Kate for the past eight years, I am delighted to see her step into this role and keep MDM’s momentum going. His vision for the Maine Science Festival and his work to make it a reality has been inspiring. Our commitment to expanding public science education programs for people of all ages in Maine will only grow stronger and more exciting. I know the staff and board will enjoy working with Kate and I look forward to seeing MDM’s continued growth.

On accepting the role, Dickerson said, “I am delighted to take on this role of interim CEO and am excited about where MDM is heading after more than two challenging years. The joy we all felt in reopening the museum and celebrating Maine science through the recent Maine Science Festival was made possible by the leadership of Niles and the remarkable efforts of our entire team. I appreciate this opportunity from the Board and know that MDM will continue to provide exceptional STEAM-based educational programming and continued scientific engagement through our programs, including MSF.

The Maine Discovery Museum‘s mission is to educate children and families, encourage creativity, nurture a sense of wonder, and challenge everyone to learn in new and innovative ways.