After 21 years as President and CEO of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Kate Bennett has announced that she will be retiring.
She told the museum’s Board of Trustees that she is willing to stay on for a while to ensure a smooth transition to a new CEO. The date of her departure has not been set yet. The Board has established a search committee to look for her successor.
Once that person is hired, Bennett says she has agreed to handle special fundraising projects for the museum.
Bennett says it is time now to find someone who can lead RMSC through the next decade.
She says that, “Twenty years ago, we began to recreate our exhibitions and experiences for the public. We created more than 200 hands-on exhibit experiences in partnership with the community. Over the past five years, we have transformed the museum to further enhance visitors' engagement, to increase our STEM focus, and to improve our overall learning experiences. We also have engaged in many collaborations on topics that are important to our community, including the RACE: Are We So Different and Take it Down: Organizing Against Racism projects."
Anthony Adams, Jr., who is Chairman of the RMSC Board of Trustees, said that, "Kate has been a huge asset to the Museum and to the community. The board is pleased that Kate's expertise, knowledge, and talents will continue to benefit the RMSC for the foreseeable future, although in a different capacity than CEO."