Former Senior Curator Named Executive Director of Museum of Texas Tech

Eileen Johnson will continue to enhance the museum's growth in its collections.

Eileen Johnson

As executive director of the museum, Johnson's duties will include general oversight of the museum's educational, scientific, cultural and research functions.

Officials at Texas Tech recently announced that Eileen Johnson has been selected to serve as executive director of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech Provost Bob Smith said Johnson effectively and enthusiastically led the museum during her time serving as interim director. Johnson became the interim director in January 2010.

"With her tremendous background, Dr. Johnson gave inspiration and guidance to the museum," Smith said. "She will help us continue to move forward."

Johnson is senior curator at the museum and a Horn Professor in Museum Science. She serves as director of the Lubbock Lake Landmark.

As executive director of the museum, her duties will include general oversight of the museum's educational, scientific, cultural and research functions as well as its administrative operations and budget.

Also, she will serve as the museum's chief liaison to the Office of the Provost and to the Museum Association.

"As executive director, my major priorities continue to be providing a nurturing environment, enhancing the museum's growth in its collections activities, public and academic programs," she said. "I am committed to proactively engaging the museum with the Texas Tech academic community and with the broader Lubbock community and constituents across the South Plains."

Johnson also aims to foster and enrich the museum's national and international scope.

Museum of Texas Tech

The Museum of Texas Tech University, with its more than eight million objects, is one of the largest and most diverse university museums in the U.S.

The Museum has collections ranging from fine and decorative arts, natural science, clothing and textiles, history and anthropology and archaeology.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory houses an internationally important collection of fauna and frozen tissue samples and has played a role in identifying major human health risks, such as Hanta Virus.

The Lubbock Lake Landmark, another division of the Museum, is one of the country’s most significant archaeological sites documenting continuous human habitation dating back 12,000 years.

The museum also is home to an academic program offering a master’s degree in Heritage and Museum Science.

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