Long-Time Texas Tech Museum Executive Director Retires
August 4, 2009
Gary Edson has announced that he will retire as executive director of the Museum of
Texas Tech University. He also will leave his position as director of the Center for
Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management.
Gary Edson announced this week that he will retire as executive director of the
Museum of Texas Tech University
. He also will leave his position as director of the Center for Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management
Edson has been at Texas Tech for 25 years and director of the museum for 24 years.
The museum has experienced major growth during his tenure. Of particular importance
was the addition of the Diamond M Collection and Gallery, renovation of the Devitt
Wing and opening of the Explorium, Davies Southwest Indian Art Gallery, the Changing
World Gallery, African Art Gallery, Pre-Columbian Art Gallery and Taos-Southwest Gallery.
Three major additions to the museum during Edson’s tenure were the acquisition of
the Lubbock Lake Landmark, the construction of the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and
Sculpture Court and the new addition to the Natural Science Research Laboratory.
“During Gary’s 24 years as executive director, the museum has grown to international
prominence,” said James Brink, associate vice provost of Heritage Consortium for the Natural and Historic Southwest
. “Thanks to Gary’s direction, the museum science and heritage management degree program
are two of our strongest post-graduate academic areas.”
Under Edson’s leadership the museum gained accreditation by the American Association
of Museums. Of the 17,500 museums in the United States only approximately 800 are
accredited, making the museum one of the top five percent of museums in the United
Edson also held the position of professor of museum science and in that role was actively
involved with lecturing at national and international workshops and symposia. He was
an active member of the International Council of Museums and was elected to the Executive
Council of that organization for two terms. He was recognized worldwide for his work
with museum ethics and wrote a book that is generally viewed as a primary information
resource on that topic.
Edson will leave the museum and Texas Tech at the end of the fall semester. He plans
to continue his work with the international museum community and to write on topics
related to museology. An international search is planned for a new executive director.
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CONTACT: Gary Edson, executive director, Museum of Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-2442, or firstname.lastname@example.org.