The Museum of Science & History announced July 25 that CEO Bruce Fafard will retire in February 2024.
Fafard was appointed CEO in October 2020 after roles as a volunteer consultant, chief operating officer and interim CEO earlier that year.
“I first approached the museum to volunteer my services at the start of the pandemic. It was clear to me then, and remains clear to me now, that this museum is an essential cultural institution of this community. It has been a true honor to dedicate my full attention to MOSH’s mission over the past several years,” Fafard said in a news release.
“In the months ahead, I look forward to working with our board to ensure a smooth transfer to the next leader selected to serve our incredible members, staff, board of trustees and community partners.”
Fafard leaves as the museum conducts the MOSH Genesis capital campaign to support the institution’s move across the St. Johns River from the Southbank Downtown to the Northbank.
The campaign’s goal is to raise $40 million from public and private sources.
City Council enacted a development agreement in May for 2.5 acres of city-owned real estate at the Shipyards property.
The legislation grants MOSH a 40-year ground lease for $1 per year; provides for design of the park and the adjacent Riverwalk; and other agreements related to the creation of the new museum and surrounding park spaces.
Site work is underway.
The release says Fafard notified the board chair in early 2023 of his intent to retire and he plans to remain in his position through February 2024, with the expectation that a new CEO will be hired and become acclimated to the organization before Fafard’s departure.
The board of trustees retained the Chicago-based Kittleman nonprofit executive search and recruiting firm to lead a national search for Fafard’s successor. Details about the position will be shared this summer, the release says.