MIM President and Director Steps Down

Dr. Bill DeWalt, founding president and director of The Musical Instrument Museum, plans to leave his position effective March 1, 2013.


A longtime anthropology professor and author, DeWalt came to the MIM in 2007 from his post as director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. At that time, he made a five-year commitment to building a world-class museum.


DeWalt was quick to understand the vision of the museum’s founder and chairman of its board of directors, Robert Ulrich. “MIM is really a big anthropological experience. The concept is simple, but carries a profound message,” DeWalt said in an interview with azredbook.com in 2010.


“We thank Bill for his leadership,” Ulrich said. “He and his wife Sylvia Keller have made many contributions, and we look forward to working with them in a different capacity well into the future.”


DeWalt will continue to serve on MIM’s board and will work as a consultant for the rest of 2013.

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