3 finalists named for director of New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has three finalists for its position as executive director. (Robert Browman/Journal)

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The search for a new head at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is one step closer.

On Monday, the NMNHS Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss finalists for the position of executive director.

Three names – Tony Fiorillo, Daniel Eck and John Friel – were sent to Debra Garcia y Griego, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs for nomination.

The position remains vacant following the retirement of former manager Margaret M. Marino in October 2021. Marino was appointed in November 2015 and earned $95,000. The position for the position has a salary of $94,000.

Gary Romero, deputy director of the museum, is currently acting director.

The board voted unanimously for all three nominees.

According to the DCA, Eck served as executive director of the Museum of the Southwest from June 2018 until his resignation in November 2020. He currently holds a leadership position at an Austin nonprofit.

Fiorillo is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas from October 1995 to June 2020.

Friel is currently director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

He has worked in natural history museums for over 30 years and has extensive experience in collections-based research, collections management, citizen science programs, exhibition planning, fundraising, grant writing and museum administration. He has worked at the museum since 2015.

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