November 18, 2015 – Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has placed Jennifer Stancil as president and chief executive officer of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, FL.
Ms. Stancil spent the last five years as executive director of educational partnerships at WQED Multimedia, the PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, responsible for Mister Rogers Neighborhood. She created and directed WQED’s strategies for outreach and cutting-edge content while ensuring WQED’s position as a thought leader in the use of media by educators, parents and the community.
Prior to joining WQED, Ms. Stancil spent 14 years in the museum field. She was executive director of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center. She is a scientist, trained in human biology, animal behavior and mathematical modeling.
“Jennifer Stancil was chosen from a deep pool of qualified candidates after a national search led by Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search firm serving clients in the non-profit sector,” said Captain Allen Thompson, executive search committee chairman.
“This is an exciting time for the Glazer Children’s Museum and we are excited to welcome Jennifer to the role of president and CEO,” said Ian Smith, chairman of the board of directors. “With her diverse experience, strong leadership qualities and passion for educating our children, we are looking forward to this new chapter in the Museum’s growth and in its continued endeavor to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them.”
The Glazer Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural resource. Its mission is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them in order to develop lifelong learners and leaders.
Museums continue to turn to executive search firms to fill senior leadership roles. Just recently, Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, recruited Salvador Salort-Pons as director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts. In July, executive recruiters Search Solution Group placed Gary Blankemeyer as CFO of the Mint Museum.
In some instances, museum talent is also looking at the headhunting sector for career opportunities. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president emerita, Emily K. Rafferty, joined Russell Reynolds Associates’ non-profit and board effectiveness practices as senior director. Ms. Rafferty served with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the nation’s largest art museum, for nearly 40 years. She was elected president by the Metropolitan’s board of trustees in 2005.
Koya Leadership Partners, founded 11 years ago, is a specialist search boutique serving the leadership needs of non-profit sector enterprises. The firm has recruited executive directors for City On A Hill Charter Public Schools; EdFund/West Contra Costa County Public Education Fund; and Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators. It is currently heading executive director searches for Corporate Angel Network and West Contra Costa Education Advocacy Organization.
Last month, the firm expanded with the addition of Michelle Bonoan as managing director, executive search. In her new role, she is now leading the firm’s expansion in Los Angeles and helping support its growing number of West Coast non-profit clients.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media