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Jonathan Stevens appointed President, CEO at ATHM
Nov '11
The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) announced that Jonathan Stevens has been appointed to the role of interim President and Chief Executive Officer of ATHM. His appointment follows the departure of James Coleman, who stepped down as President and CEO.

“Jim Coleman served the Museum very well during an important period in our Museum's history, overseeing the renovation and reopening of the Museum's core exhibit and, most recently, helping us navigate through a challenging financial period,” said Karl H. Spilhaus, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Personally and on behalf of the Trustees, I thank Jim for his service, his loyalty, his dedication, and his friendship. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

As the Executive Committee of the ATHM Board of Trustees has begun a search for a new President and CEO, they have retained the services of Mr. Stevens to serve in the position on an interim basis. Mr. Stevens, the son of Edward Stevens, is the former CEO of Ames Textile Corporation in Lowell and has served as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Museum.

“With Jonathan's knowledge of the Museum, as well as his relationships in the textile industry and the region, we are very fortunate to have a leader of his caliber step into this position and are confident that Jonathan will capably lead the Museum into the future during this transition period,” Mr. Spilhaus said.

“We are committed to the future of the American Textile History Museum, and we are looking forward to working with new leadership to ensure that this museum is here for decades to come, fulfilling our important mission to tell America's story through the art, science, and history of textiles. “

The future of ATHM is very promising, particularly through the exciting opportunities created by an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, which recognizes ATHM's relevance in the museum sphere and world of science today. ATHM is one of only six museums in the country selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's pilot “Places of Invention” program at the renowned Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention.

This week, the Museum opened a new special exhibition, Aloft! The Wonder of Kites, celebrating the history, the significance, and the fun of these tethered aircraft that had the single greatest influence on powered flight. Future exhibitions include Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War in the summer of 2012 and Suited for Space, an exhibit of spacesuits in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in early 2013.

The American Textile History Museum (ATHM)

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