After a comprehensive national search, the Museum is pleased to announce the selection of STEM education leader Tim Ritchie as the Museum’s new President. Tim will assume his role on February 3, 2020.
“As science and technology rapidly reshape our lives, the Museum of Science, Boston continues to reimagine its offerings, create experiences for all ages, inspire people to explore their interests as well as develop their ability to create a better world,” said Gwill York, chair of the Museum’s board of trustees. “After a comprehensive national search, I am thrilled to welcome Tim Ritchie as the Museum’s new President. Tim’s commitment to bring science education to everyone, coupled with his leadership skills, are perfectly aligned with the Museum’s mission to transform people’s relationship with science, technology, engineering and math.”
Ritchie has been instrumental in meeting and exceeding strategic, financial, and community goals at the organizations he has served. Under his eight-year leadership, The Tech Interactive (The Tech) in Silicon Valley won numerous awards, including in 2019 the highest award given by the Association for Science and Technology Centers, The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award. In 2015, The Tech received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor an American museum can earn in the country. What Ritchie is most proud of, however, is The Tech’s increasing relevance to underrepresented communities in Silicon Valley and around the world. “We live in a world that is abundant with talent, but not with opportunity,” Ritchie said. “Science centers should be in the opportunity business. I am honored to be joining the Museum of Science, with its established record of broadening access to STEM, and am excited to deepen this commitment in the community.”
Ritchie will join the Museum at an exciting new phase of growth and development designed to broaden the participation of visitors of all ages, expand the Museum’s reach, and leverage the Museum’s position as the leader in preK-8 engineering and computer science curricula. As part of this long-range vision, the Museum has embarked on a ten-year Master Plan for its largest and most iconic hall, the 100,000 square foot Blue Wing. This ambitious plan will completely transform the space inside and out, as well as completely redesign every exhibit and theater within its three floors. The first two major exhibits, Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology, and Engineering Design Workshop: Powered by Mathworks, will open in Fall 2020.
Ritchie earned his master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, his law degree from Duke Law School, and his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College. His commitment to science education was deeply informed through his experience practicing law, directing education programs in public housing communities, and leading an organization that creates jobs for adults with disabilities. He will be joining his wife, Christine, in Boston, where she serves as the Kenneth Minaker Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Director of Research in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and as the Director of a newly established Center for Aging and Serious Illness within the Mongan Institute at MGH.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to Boston to lead the Museum during an era of unparalleled growth and transformation. The Museum is strong on every measure and Tim is well positioned to deliver our essential mission,” said Wayne Bouchard, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer.