FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARLINGTON, VA — The Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Jorge Zamanillo, has announced today the appointment of six new accreditation commissioners who will begin their terms in 2023 or 2024:
- Greta Brunschwyler, Executive Director, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
- Norman Burns, President and CEO, Conner Prairie, Fishers, Indiana
- Quantia “Key” M. Fletcher, Museum Director, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock
- Scott Harris, Executive Director, University of Mary Washington Museums, Fredericksburg, VA
- Steven High, Executive Director, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
- Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Commissioners self-nominate and are appointed by the AAM Board Chair based on recommendations from a five-member nominating committee comprised of representatives from the AAM Board, Accreditation Commission, and several discipline-specific organizations. This year, the nominating committee received 78 applications for 6 spots.
“The Nominating Committee was extremely pleased by the strong response to the call for self-nominations, the range of museum types represented, and the high caliber of the nominees and their enthusiasm and commitment to nurturing excellence in the museum field. With so many outstanding nominees to consider for only a handful of seats, our charge was challenging,” said Carrie Rebora Barratt, AAM Board Member and Nominating Committee Chair.
The nominating committee evaluated candidates’ work history, including diversity of work experiences, experience with AAM Excellence Programs and standards, broader engagement in the museum and nonprofit fields, their perspectives and experience with DEAI work, and diversity of lived experience and background. To add to the existing members of the Accreditation Commission, the Committee sought a reasonable balance of geographic distribution and a mix of tenure in the field among newly added commissioners.
The Accreditation Commission, which meets three times per year, is the volunteer body responsible for making independent decisions regarding accredited status. AAM accreditation is the museum field’s mark of distinction and offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact.
About the American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is the only organization representing the entire museum field, from art and history museums to science centers and zoos. Since 1906, we have been championing museums through advocacy and providing museum professionals with the resources, knowledge, inspiration, and connections they need to move the field forward.