Chevy Humphrey just became the first Black woman president and CEO of The Museum of Science and Industry.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Humphrey — 15-year president and CEO of Arizona Science Center — will replace David Mosena, who is set to retire after 23 years of service at the end of the year.
I'm really excited about Chicago – to get to know this great city and continue the work on a bigger platform. Impacting communities, kids, and families and delivering needed programs for science education. I love when kids have that "a-ha moment," they see all the possibilities.
— Chevy Humphrey (@chevyluvscience) October 7, 2020
“It’s very humbling and I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “But I’m excited for the opportunity to actually provide science and education to people of all ages, especially kids and teachers.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Humphrey previously held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, and The Phoenix Symphony. She is also chair of the largest international associations of museums board — the American Alliance of Museums.
In a new release, chair of MSI’s search committee, Michelle Collins says Humphrey was selected for her leadership skills.
“It’s an exciting appointment for a number of reasons, including her track record and commitment to science education, her international leadership within her field, and deep desire to engage with Chicago’s many diverse communities,” said Collins.
When she starts next year, Humphrey shares that it’s important for her to make sure that the museum is connected to the community. She also has plans to do a “listening tour” in order to hear from Chicagoans on what they need and how MSI can feel those gaps.
“I really want to get to know Chicago. I want to understand the civic and business leadership, I want to know the educators, students, community,” Humphrey said. I want to know everything.”
Humprey is reportedly slated to begin her new role in January.