Museum Management

Lois Riggins-Ezzell, has served since 1981 as the museum's Executive Director and its oversight properties, which include the Military Branch in the War Memorial Building and the historic Tennessee State Capitol. She manages the museum's $3.9 million general operating budget and serves as an ex-officio member of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, the institution's governing authority. Riggins-Ezzell received her undergraduate degree at Belmont College and pursued graduate work at Western Kentucky State University. During her extensive career, she has been an educator, historic site interpreter, curator, and public administrator and was one of five national grant recipients of a one-year sabbatical in museum studies at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institute.

Mary Jane Crockett-Green, Director of Administration, has oversight responsibilities for the museum's fiscal, contract and grants, human resource, procurement and facility operations. She formerly served as an administrator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Development at Vanderbilt University and the Susan Gray School for Children at the Kennedy Center of Peabody College. While at Vanderbilt, she was president of the University Staff Council.

Paulette Fox, Director of Public Programs, oversees the institution's public outreach, including tours of the Tennessee State Capitol, museum "lessons" for school groups, first-person interpretative programs and educational programs, along with the museum's presence at festivals and other public events. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in history, she is a former Johnson City Press-Chronicle reporter and was the Tennessee Department of Transportation public relations director.

Leigh R. Hendry has served as Director of External Affairs, responsible for the museum's foundation, membership, fundraising events, major traveling exhibitions and A Tennessee Waltz gala, for the past 19 years. She is the former director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, former Director of Communications for the 1982 World's Fair and a former columnist for the Gatlinburg Press, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Philip Kreger, Director of Exhibits for more than 25 years, holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Kreger has also served as a senior designer at a major production and design firm in Virginia, as well as at the American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge and at Columbus's Center of Science and Industry.

Dan Pomeroy, Chief Curator and Director of Collections, is responsible for collections management and curatorial work, which includes a state-wide traveling exhibits program and field service work with other museums and related institutions in Tennessee.  He has served as president of the Tennessee Historical Society, the Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Intermuseum Council of Nashville.  He attended The Citadel on an Army scholarship, and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in American history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Patricia Rasbury, Director of Museum Services for the past 11 years, has been responsible for a variety of museum operational aspects and coordination of special projects, including liaison to the renovation of Memphis' National Civil Rights Museum. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she is the museum's former Director of Public Programs, as well as the former Coordinator of Community Development. Rasbury has served on the boards of the Intermuseum Council of Nashville, the Tennessee Association of Museums and the Education Committee of the American Association of Museums.

Ben Sanderfur, Director of Exhibits Fabrication and Operations, is responsible for planning and implementing all exhibit installation activities, as well as overseeing the museum’s physical facility construction and renovation projects. A graduate of Canterbury University, Sanderfur previously served for 24 years with the state’s Department of General Services in property management and facility administration.





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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

FREE ADMISSION

Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 





tn4me

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

FREE ADMISSION

Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org