Museum Director Appointed to Lead MPMA
Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM), is the new President of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA).
Outgoing President Mark Janzen, Director of Museum Studies, Department of History and Geography, University of Central Oklahoma, turned over governance of the organization October 19 at the business meeting of the 64th Annual Conference in Lakewood.
Whittington has been Vice President and President-elect of MPMA for the past two years. During that period, he has served on a variety of committees to gain insights into the organization’s operations. He recently chaired the search committee that hired MPMA’s new Executive Director, Deb Arenz. His two-year term as President will conclude in the fall of 2019.
Whittington previously served as a member and officer of the boards of state, regional, and national museum organizations while he was director of museums in Maine and North Carolina. He has been Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum since March 2014.
MPMA is a regional organization of museum professionals that advocates excellence in the field, provides a forum for communication between its members, and shares creative learning opportunities with the region’s diverse audiences. Established in 1953, the association provides services to museum professionals in ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. MPMA is the voice of its members in appropriate state, regional, and national arenas.
MPMA works on behalf of the museum community to educate its members in the newest standards and advances in the museum field. Its focus includes fostering professionalism, ethical standards, cooperation, and fellowship.