Friday, January 20, 2012

Scott Stevens Steps Down As Executive Director of Museums of Old York

After fifteen years as Executive Director of the Museums of Old York, Scott Stevens has informed the board that he will be stepping down. A search process is underway, with the goal of filling the position by June 1.
Stevens says it is a good time for a transition. “Old York has a strong board and a really good team at the staff level. The Parsons Center, opened in 2008, has helped us develop new ways to serve our audience. We are grappling with the challenges historical museums face today in a strategic planning process well underway. A new leader with fresh perspective will have the chance to play a pivotal role in the museum’s future.”
“Old York has been a dream job in many ways,” according to Stevens. “The buildings and collections are endlessly fascinating. The legacy of their preservation and care for 112 years is truly inspiring. It has been a huge honor to be a temporary steward. Most rewarding of all has been [my] working with the many people who make the organization thrive, from [the] great staff to [our] dedicated trustees and committee members, volunteers, members, donors, Junior Docents; the list goes on and on. Many people have made possible every step we have taken.”
Stevens has directed four museums in four states over the course of a 27-year career. “I have loved the diverse challenges of directing community-based museums, especially this one,” says Stevens, “but at this point in my life, I’m ready to reduce the breadth of my responsibilities and focus on areas of strongest interest to me.” He will pursue work as an independent consultant. Stevens plans to remain in York, where he and his wife, a teacher at York High School, are deeply involved in the community. Old York will post the position opening in the next two weeks and will begin accepting applications January 23. Stevens has agreed to stay until a successor is in place.
Photo caption: Scott Stevens of the Museums of Old York. (Courtesy Photo)