DHR Global is Recruiting Executive Director for Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences – Hunt Scanlon Media | Candle Made Easy

July 21, 2022 – DHR Global’s nonprofit practice helped appoint Tabitha Schmidt as Executive Director of the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach, FL. She succeeds Interim Executive Director Maria Hane and former Executive Director Andrew Sandall. The task was led by James Abruzzo, Managing Partner, Global Non-Profit Practice and Principal Michele Baird Counter at DHR.

“Following a nationwide search, we have unanimously selected Tabitha Schmidt as our choice for the next Executive Director of the Museum of Arts & Sciences,” said Katherine Hurst Miller, President of the MOAS Board of Trustees. “Tabitha comes to MOAS with a proven leadership, collaboration, passion for museums and community engagement. The MOAS board looks forward to the future of the museum in Tabitha’s competent hands. Special thanks also go to our recruitment experts at DHR Global, James Abruzzo and Michele Counter, as well as the MOAS recruitment committee.”

Ms. Schmidt was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical gardens, for six years. During her tenure there, she led the organization through a strategic shift in direction that resulted in the highest attendance and membership numbers in its history. She also guided the Kingsville, MO-based organization through a master planning process that is now shaping its future direction.

Ms. Schmidt has a diverse background working for nonprofits, cultural organizations, and educational institutions, having held positions as Director of Cultural Arts at the Jewish Community Center, Executive Director of the Museum at Texas Tech University, Director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at Kansas City Art Institute, Associate Educator of Adult Learning/Manager of Tour Programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Director of Instruction/Arts Partners Coordinator at Kansas City Young Audiences, and Student Activities Coordinator/Additional Faculty of Arts and Art History at Maple Woods Community College .

Ms. Schmidt joins MOAS as the organization begins to develop its next five-year strategic plan. She will also work to expand the Museum’s impact and position the organization as a key educational resource, partner and collaborator at the local, regional and national levels. In addition, Ms. Smith will work to raise awareness of the museum, its collections and programs to increase attendance and participation. “I am truly honored to have been selected as the new Managing Director,” said Ms. Schmidt. “Working with multidisciplinary collections is a passion of mine and MOAS offers endless opportunities.”

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The Museum of Arts & Sciences is the premier art, science, and history museum in Central Florida. MOAS, the area’s largest museum, is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the Smithsonian Institution. “The Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of those rare gems with a magnificent collection, a new museum building and a board that recognized the value of endowing such a treasure,” said Mr. Abruzzo.

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Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading private provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly owned offices around the world. DHR’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing high-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of their client base.

Mr. Abruzzo has over 40 years of experience as a recruitment consultant and business consultant for non-profit organizations. His clients span the entire non-profit spectrum – cultural organizations, zoos and aquariums, national health services, universities, social services, international aid organizations, and trade associations. He has conducted over 500 executive searches and is recognized for his work with nonprofit boards in the areas of succession planning, strategy and executive compensation. He is also responsible for recruiting new partners, developing intellectual capital and representing DHR at non-profit industry forums.

Ms. Counter is the director of DHR’s nonprofit practice. She specializes in executive search in the nonprofit space, working with clients in the US and internationally. Responsibilities she works on include finding nonprofit presidents/executives, as well as senior executives in finance and administration, fundraising, marketing, education, programs and other areas. Ms. Counter has also assisted nonprofit organizations on a variety of consulting projects related to strategy, governance and nonprofit compensation. She has worked with arts and cultural organizations, nonprofit social services, international development NGOs, health organizations, foundations, zoos and aquariums, associations and educational organizations including colleges and universities. Ms. Counter has specialized in executive searches in the non-profit sector for over 10 years.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Editor-in-Chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media

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