June 21, 2018
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Brooklin woman interim chief at Abbe Museum

By From Staff Reports, Special to the BDN

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Karen Foster of Brooklin has been named the interim director of the Abbe Museum, Maine’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture and archaeology of the American Indians.

Foster, a specialist in interim directorships, has served in that capacity at the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine Civil Liberties Union and Frannie Peabody Center. She is the principal of Organizational Consulting, which advises non-profit organizations on governance, planning, and board and staff development.

She took over the Abbe position on Oct. 30, replacing interim chief executive Ken Olsen.

“This transition was planned from the start by Ken and the trustees,” Donna Gann, president of the board of the 80-year-old museum, said in a release. “The object was to put the museum in his hands from July to October to help set strategic direction, and for the Abbe to hire a successor interim director after the search for a full-time leader was launched.”

A nationwide search for a permanent director is under way. The executive search firm CTPartners is conducting the search along with the museum’s trustees.

Foster is a former senior vice president for Business Development and Strategic Planning at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

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