NASHVILLE— January 24, 2017— The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission is pleased to announce that during its meeting today (Tuesday, January 24, 2017,) a selection was made to offer the position of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum. The selection was made by the Museum Commission after meeting and interviewing with two finalists, after which there was a discussion and a vote by the Commission members who were present for the meeting.
The position will be offered to native Tennessean Ashley Howell, who currently serves as Deputy Director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Howell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has advanced degrees from that institution as well as Boston University. Howell has had an impressive career in the museum field.
“The State Museum Commission conducted an exhaustive national search working in partnership with the Tennessee Dept. of Human Resources and the executive search firm of Carter Baldwin, Atlanta,” said Commission Chairman Tom Smith. “I believe most if not all of the Museum Commission members were very impressed by the selection of candidates presented. We are looking forward to continued discussions with Mrs. Howell and hopefully the Department of Human Resources will be able to reach an agreement with her to join us”, he added.