The Strategic Air & Space Museum appoints new Executive Director

websafemcginnis1 (2)Gary Gates, chairman of the Strategic Air & Space Museum’s board of governors, has announced that Dr. Michael L. McGinnis has been named Executive Director for Strategic Air & Space Museum.

“Mike McGinnis is a proven leader with broad academic experience,” said Gates.  “He has guided several organizations through significant transformation and expansion, and is a highly effective team leader and program builder. These skills will serve him well as he leads the Strategic Air & Space Museum into a new era of accomplishment which will have a tremendous impact within the community, state and region.”

McGinnis was most recently the Executive Director at The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) where he played a vital role in expanding the Institute’s research programs and enhancing its national reputation. Prior to leading PKI, he served as head of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University following a seven year tenure as Professor and Head of the Department of Systems Engineering Department at West Point, New York.  McGinnis is a graduate of West Point, and served in the military for 29 years, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General.

“I am very pleased and excited that Mike McGinnis has accepted the position to lead the Strategic Air & Space Museum,” said Bob Hinson, USAF Lt Gen (Ret) & SASM Board Member. “I know Mike as a hard charging, dedicated leader with a breadth of experience and qualifications well suited to managing this historical centerpiece of our community.  I’m confident we have chosen the best leader to take the Museum to the next level and appreciate Dr. McGinnis’ willingness to take the helm as the Strategic Air & Space Museum Executive Director.”

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, McGinnis holds master’s degrees in applied mathematics and operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a doctoral degree in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona.  He is a native of Wisner, Nebraska.

“I am very excited and deeply honored to be selected as the Strategic Air & Space Museum’s Executive Director,” McGinnis said.  “The Museum has an outstanding and supportive Chairman and Board of Directors and the staff in place is incredible.  In moving the Museum forward, we will continue to showcase the notable history of the Strategic Air Command and we will build upon the progress and past accomplishments of the Museum team – past and present – to bring new, dynamic and exciting exhibits to the museum in the areas of science, technology, mathematics and engineering that will have broad appeal to the Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities.”

McGinnis will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the Strategic Air & Space Museum.  Elements of the plan will likely include: identifying and strengthening areas of innovation, inventiveness, science and technology focus; developing deeper strategic partnerships; and increased visibility and service to the community.

McGinnis assumed his newly appointed position on Thursday, January 9, 2014.



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