The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Names President and CEO
The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (THE MAX) has selected Mark Tullos as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will lead all operations at THE MAX, a new world-class museum slated to open in early 2018 in Meridian, Mississippi. THE MAX will celebrate Mississippi artists and legendary entertainers and their contributions to the world.
Mr. Tullos has more than 30 years of experience as a museum executive, previously serving as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of State Museums in the Department of Culture and Tourism, as the Executive Director for museums in Texas and Florida, and as founding Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. He has served as a member of the advisory board for the Museum Loan Network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the honors committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a panelist for the National Museum Service Board, and a peer reviewer for AAM, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the state art commissions of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. Mr. Tullos participated in the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University and was the recipient of the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence. by AAM. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and attended graduate school at Stephen F. Austin University.
In making the announcement, Board President Tommy Dulaney said, “We are excited to have Mark lead our organization, and the board’s decision follows a thorough and intense process to find the very best person for this important role. We worked closely with the Arts Consulting Group to find a candidate of this caliber to lead the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.”
“This new Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience will offer one of the most revolutionary museum experiences in the country. This museum will be a demonstration of how art and museums have a powerful impact on local economies and tourism,” said Mr. Tullos. “Early in my career I came to understand how a museum could shape a visitor’s point-of-view. People who visit THE MAX will be immersed in the spirit of this great state and introduced to the great writers, poets, artists, musicians, and actors whose art and performances have become a part of our global culture.”
“Mark Tullos is just the kind of visionary leader to help build THE MAX into a major cultural destination,” said ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau. “It was such a pleasure to work with THE MAX search committee and board and we wish Tullos and THE MAX all the best for a successful opening.”