Nantucket, MA – After a tenure of approximately five years, David Gagnon will be resigning from his role as the Executive Director of the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), effective next month. He will be moving back to Vermont to be closer to his family and is excited to accept an executive leadership position close to his home. He will work closely with the MMA to ensure a smooth transition.
The MMA has been fortunate to have Dave’s leadership, said Helene Weld, Board Chair. “Dave has made tremendous strides toward implementing our strategic plan, raising our visibility on island, and driving the MMA toward fiscal stability. He’s helped advance many important projects including the completion of the Science Research Center, the re-instatement of the MMA Science Speaker Series, expansion of our summer Discovery Camps and year-round work in the school systems. During the last five years we’ve instituted a popular pop-up science program downtown, premiered the Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium, and began collaborations with Remain Nantucket focusing on ocean plastics and climate change, including the future placement of a Seabin in Nantucket Harbor to collect and study marine plastics. Last year we collaborated with the Land Bank, CPC and Nantucket Cottage Hospital to build a fully accessible Discovery Playground with science interpretation. It has been a productive period for the organization. We will miss Dave on the island and wish him well.” A search for his successor will be conducted later this year.
The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.