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Sciencenter announces new executive director

By Journal Staff


ITHACA, N.Y. — The Sciencenter — a nonprofit hands-on science museum in Ithaca — announced it has selected Dean Briere as its new executive director.

Briere will assume the position in early 2017, succeeding Charlie Trautmann who announced his retirement earlier this year, after serving as Sciencenter executive director for 26 years. 

The museum said in a news release that it hired Briere after a national search and selection process, led by Charles Walcott, former chair of the Sciencenter board of directors. 

Briere’s experience includes more than 25 years of executive planning, administration, education, guest service, and exhibit development in the museum sector, the release stated. He currently serves as chief finance and administration officer for the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Briere previously was executive VP and chief operating officer for Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the VP of education, programs, and guest services at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. 

Briere earned MBA and MSL degrees from Pfeiffer University.

The Sciencenter says it receives 100,000 visitors annually and reaches more than 1 million guests nationally through its traveling exhibitions and national programs.

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