Executive Leadership Transition at New Winston Museum

by YES! Weekly staff

The Board of Directors of New Winston Museum (NWM) announce that Katherine White Foster has stepped down as the Executive Director after four years to take on a new role as Director of Development at the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA). Her last day will be August 11, 2016.

“Working at NWM has provided me an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I will remain invested in this museum as it continues to grow into its role as a cultural leader in our community,” Foster said. “NWM has grown exponentially thanks to the hard work of our board members and through the generous support of many community partners and individuals. This is just the beginning and I look forward to watching the next stage of NWM’s development unfold.” During Foster’s tenure as the founding Executive Director at NWM, the organization has developed a reputation for innovative and inclusive historical programs and exhibits.During the transition, the Board of NWM has appointed the Interim Executive Director role to Chris Jordan, currently NWM’s Curator of Education. A graduate of UNCG’s Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Jordan has worked at NWM for four years and created four original exhibits highlighting Winston-Salem’s dynamic history. “I’m so very appreciative of the wonderful leader and mentor Katherine has been over these last several years. Her departure is of course bittersweet, but I am excited and optimistic about the future of NWM,” Jordan said. “We’ve started on a great path and I have high expectations on what we can achieve.”NWM Board Chair Dr. Michael Wakeford is optimistic about the positive momentum that the museum has built up in just a few short years. “While we will miss Katherine’s leadership, we will continue to move forward keeping the mission in our focus at all times. Our board of directors is engaged and passionate about advancing this nascent museum to the next stage. This will include the sale of our current space and move into a larger location in the next 2-3 years,” Wakeford said. “With the help of our community partners and donors, NWM will certainly continue to grow in its capacity to serve our mission to preserve, promote and present the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County community through education and collaboration. We welcome the community’s support to make this happen.”