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Welcome & Leadership

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Steve Tinney, and Melissa Smith in front of the Sphinx

Welcome to the Penn Museum.

Last fall, we celebrated the opening of an entirely reimagined Main Level, with the new Sphinx Gallery just inside the Main Entrance, leading to powerful galleries of Africa and of Mexico and Central America. These new galleries, along with a range of new amenities that for the first time made our Penn Museum fully accessible to all visitors, were open for only four months before we closed the Museum due to COVID-19, for the safety of our staff and guests.

So, when we reopened to the public in July, it felt like another opening celebration for these new galleries and the entire Museum—a socially distanced celebration, of course, with safety precautions at the forefront of our visitor experience. These guidelines promote the well-being of our community so that we can all continue learning. One new feature, for example, is the very popular individual plastic styluses visitors now use to engage touch-free with digital interactives throughout the Museum.

It has been wonderful to welcome visitors back into the galleries: please know that behind our masks, we are smiling and happy to see you. We are maintaining the momentum of our new Penn Museum, moving forward with new exhibitions, plans for new galleries, and exciting programming that continues online so that even broader audiences can participate. We hope to see you—in our galleries or online—soon.

Melissa Smith
Co-Interim Director,
Deputy Director of Operations

Steve Tinney
Co-Interim Director,
Deputy Director

Amanda Mitchell-Boyask
Co-Interim Director,
Executive Director of Advancement

Executive Team

  • Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Co-Interim Director, Executive Director of Advancement
  • Ellen M. Owens, Merle-Smith Director of Learning and Public Engagement
  • Jo Tiongson-Perez, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Melissa P. Smith, CFA Co-Interim Director, Deputy Director of Operations
  • Stephen J. Tinney, Ph.D. Co-Interim Director, Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Head of Collections and Research

Board of Overseers

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the leadership and support of the following members of its Board of Overseers, as of July 2019:

  • Michael J. Kowalski, W74, PAR, Chairman
  • Robert M. Baylis
  • David Brownlee, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • David T. Clancy, W70
  • William L. Conrad, PAR
  • Erica Weissman Desai, C96
  • Edward Fernberger, Jr., W71
  • Peter C. Ferry, C79, PAR
  • Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D., C79, GR81, PAR (ex-officio)
  • Irfan M. Furniturewala, WG01, PAR
  • George M. Gephart, WG79, PAR
  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10
  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., C80, PAR
  • Ingrid A. Graham (emerita)
  • Amy Gutmann, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Stacey Rosner Lane, Esquire, C80, GR13, PAR
  • Diane v.S. Levy
  • Bruce Mainwaring, C47, PAR (emeritus)
  • Frederick J. Manning, W69, PAR
  • Andrew R. Moelis, C10
  • Geraldine Paier, Ph.D., HUP66, NU68, GNU85, GR94
  • Wendell Pritchett, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Barbara W. Riley
  • Adam Rosen
  • Herbert L. Sachs, W69, PAR
  • Eric J. Schoenberg, Ph.D., GEN93, WG93, PAR
  • David A. Schwartz, M.D.
  • Adam D. Sokoloff, W84, PAR
  • Matthew J. Storm, C94, WG00
  • Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
  • Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93, PAR
  • Charles K. Williams II, Ph.D., GR78, HON97 (emeritus)

Other Volunteer Groups

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the contributions of time, talent, and financial support of the members of the following volunteer groups, as of July 2019:

Director's Council

  • Carrie Cox, PAR, Chair
  • Arthur J. Burke, Esquire, C89, W89
  • Lawrence S. Coben, Ph.D., G03, GR12
  • Isabella de la Houssaye
  • Douglas T. Dietrich, WG00
  • Luis Fernandez-Moreno, WMP89
  • Judy Brick Freedman, Ph.D.
  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10
  • Catherine Giventer, C95
  • Bryan R. Harris, C83
  • John C. Hover II, C65, WG67
  • Andrea R. Kramer, Esquire, L76, PAR
  • Sharon N. Lorenzo
  • Marco L. Lukesch, C01, W01
  • Joseph E. Lundy, Esquire, W65
  • Susan T. Marx, CW66
  • Gregory S. Maslow, M.D., C68 M72 GM77, PAR
  • John J. Medveckis, PAR
  • Carlos L. Nottebohm, W64, PAR
  • Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
  • Adolf A. Paier, W60
  • George R. Pitts, Ph.D., GR77
  • Judith B. Poss, C87, PAR
  • William L. Potter, WG88, PAR
  • J. Barton Riley, W70, PAR
  • Brian P. Tierney, C79, PAR
  • Samuel Phineas Upham, Ph.D., WG05, GRW06
  • Nina Robinson Vitow, CW70, WG76
  • Nanou Zayan, C73, PAR

Advisory Board

  • David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., Chair Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Francesca Ammon, Ph.D. Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher D.M. Atkins, Ph.D. Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900; Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • William Burke White, Ph.D. Richard Perry Professor and Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Cooper, Ph.D. President and CEO, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
  • Dejay Duckett Director of Curatorial Services, African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Sara Jane (Sally) Elk President and CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Oliver St. Clair Franklin O.B.E. Investment analyst (former President of International House)
  • Derek Gillman Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visual Studies, Drexel University
  • Susan Glassman Director, Wagner Free Institute
  • Andrea Goulet, Ph.D. Professor of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Lee Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Karen Redrobe, Ph.D. Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ralph M. Rosen, Ph.D. Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Monique Scott, Ph.D. Director of Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Annual Report 2018-2019

2018–2019 was a time of construction, anticipation, and continued discovery as the Penn Museum continued our Building Transformation project. We invite you to explore the Annual Report and learn more not only about this transformation but also about all that we achieved through ongoing research, teaching, and programmatic initiatives.