SEARSPORT, Maine — Niles Parker, executive director of the Penobscot Marine Museum, is stepping down from his post in September. The museum has begun a search process to identify his replacement, according to Marie E. Underwood, president of the board of trustees.
Parker, who joined the state’s oldest maritime museum as executive director in 2006, spearheaded the museum’s successful re-accreditation by the American Association of Museums. During his tenure the museum also significantly expanded its historic photography archives and implemented new education programs.
“Niles played a key role in repositioning the museum as a dynamic organization that responds to the changing needs of the community and the ongoing processes of history as they occur around us,” said Underwood. “We will miss his steady leadership and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Parker said he was “grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such an outstanding museum. … Its collections and programs, along with its staff, board and loyal supporters, combine to form a remarkable organization. I have certainly enjoyed being a part of it.”
A search committee has been formed and the museum has hired Marilyn Hoffman as a consultant to guide the search process for a new executive director. Her company, Museum Search and Reference, is a leading executive search firm for museums. A job description and schedule for hiring are expected to be announced within a few weeks. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Albert Putnam, at 548-6230.