Lin Erickson CEO Introduction
Lin Erickson began her second tenure as Da Vinci Science Center Executive Director and CEO, on March 18, 2013. Erickson had served as the organization’s leader previously from 1997-2005.
Lin Erickson was elected unanimously by the Da Vinci Science Center’s Board of Trustees after a national search of nearly 175 candidates. She has more than 25 years experience spearheading educational initiatives for students from kindergarten through college – raising more than $46 million from public and private sources. Erickson was Chief Development Officer of the Air Force Museum Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, from June 2011-Feb. 2013, and Director of Government, Corporate, and Foundation Relations at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, from 2006-2011.
Erickson stepped down as CEO of what was known as the Da Vinci Discovery Center in Bethlehem, Pa., in Aug. 2005 – shortly after her husband, Mark Erickson, Ph.D., became President of Wittenberg University. Mark Erickson returned to the Lehigh Valley region in 2012 to become President of Northampton Community College (NCC) in Bethlehem, Pa., motivating Lin Erickson to seek a position in Lehigh Valley region. The search for the Da Vinci Science Center’s next CEO, which began in Jan. 2013, provided a poignant homecoming opportunity.