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Da Vinci Science Center Announces CEO Transition

Troy A. ThrashThe Da Vinci Science Center announced today that its Executive Director and CEO, Troy A. Thrash, will transition to become President and CEO of the Air Zoo museum in Portage, Mich., an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Center’s Director of Finance and Human Resources, MaryAnn Woods Przekurat, will serve as the organization’s interim CEO starting Jan. 24, 2013, and a search process for a new CEO has begun, said Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D., Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees.

Under Thrash’s direction since March 2009, the independent nonprofit organization has deepened its cultural impact by increasing its emphasis on scientific workforce development. The Da Vinci Science Center’s current Year of the Human Body in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, and anchored by the record-breaking Bodies Revealed exhibition, is its largest community education initiative to date.

Przekurat has been the Da Vinci Science Center’s Director of Finance and Human Resources since July 2012 and a member of its staff since Feb. 2012. She has worked as a school principal and teacher of science, mathematics, and technology around the world for more than 20 years. She holds a K-12 Principal Certification, an MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.


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