INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Children’s Museum has named a 29-year veteran of the attraction as its new President and CEO.
After Jeffrey Patchen informed the museum staff of his resignation on Friday, Jennifer Pace Robinson was named his successor on Saturday with immediate effect. She was executive vice president of the museum since the beginning of this year.
Robinson joined the Children’s Museum in 1992 and became Vice President for Experience Development and Family Learning in 2006. He oversaw exhibit development, family and school programs, and other areas, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.
“Jennifer’s flair for design and passion for education consistently attract the attention and admiration of museum professionals around the world,” said Julie Carmichael, the museum’s chairman. “Jennifer is so well respected on the global scene that she has been asked to serve as an international advisor to emerging museums, including in Egypt, China, Japan and South Korea.”
Patch ran the museum for 21 years and directed three expansions including that of the Dinosphere and the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience.
Founded in 1925, the museum had 1.2 million visitors in 2018 and 1.3 million in 2019. It was temporarily closed last year due to the pandemic.