Florida Museum of Natural History Director Douglas Jones has been elected chair of the board for the American Alliance of Museums. His two-year term began at the conclusion of the organization’s 2016 annual meeting last week in Washington, D.C.

In his new role, Jones will help lead the organization’s programs related to museum accreditation, monitoring the fiscal health of AAM and implementing the group’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. He also will chair two annual meetings and participate in federal advocacy efforts around the country.

An AAM board member since 2012, Jones previously served as vice chair for 2015-2016.

“I’m honored to have been elected to serve in this position,” Jones said. “I’m hopeful we can continue to strengthen AAM through its member institutions and assist all museums in discovering new and meaningful ways to remain relevant with their respective visitor audiences.”

AAM President and CEO Laura L. Lott said she looks forward to working with Jones and the incoming board.

“I welcome visionary leaders like Doug from our field, and I look forward to the experience and insight he will bring to our board,” Lott said. “Doug’s guidance will be key to fulfill our mission to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies.”

Jones, who has served as Florida Museum director since 1997, has also served as president of the Florida Association of Museums and the Association of Science Museum Directors, and vice president of the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences.

With more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, as well as supporting institutions and corporate partners, AAM is the only organization representing the entire museum community. The alliance has been the leader in establishing standards of best museum practices throughout the nation.


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