Idaho State U. selects Herbert Maschner to lead natural history museum
Idaho State University
April 2, 2011
Idaho State University has announced that anthropology research Professor Herbert Maschner will serve as the permanent director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History.
Maschner, who this spring received the 2011 Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist Award, has served as interim director since June 2010.
"The search committee was unanimous that Dr. Maschner should be appointed director," said ISU Provost Gary Olson. "He has brought vision and great energy to the Museum. He's clearly the ideal person for the job."
Since Maschner took over as interim director, the Idaho Museum of Natural History received full accreditation from the American Association of Museums last August. Maschner credited ISU Provost Gary Olson and former interim director Skip Lohse for their efforts in helping get the IMNH accredited, and said he has tried to capitalize and build on that momentum and finish the process.
"I have truly enjoyed serving as interim director, especially in building on our new accreditation and in seeing the excitement shown by the thousands of visitors who have visited our newly refurbished public gallery," Maschner said. "The museum has a stellar staff and I look forward to working with them in the years to come as we continue to enhance our reputation as one of the premier museums in the Intermountain West."