Wyona Lynch-McWhite Joins Arts Consulting Group as Vice President
Arts Consulting Group expands museum and executive search practices.
BOSTON — July 27, 2016: Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that Wyona Lynch-McWhite has joined the firm as vice president within the museum and executive search practices. Based in ACG’s Boston office, she brings more than 21 years of experience leading museums. Throughout her career, Lynch-McWhite has worked on diversity and inclusion strategies within staff, board, and audience development, ensuring museums reflect the communities they serve in order to guarantee their relevance and engagement.
Prior to joining ACG, Lynch-McWhite served as the executive director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, an institution dedicated to the arts, history, and nature. She led the institution through strategic and business planning and instituted a comprehensive organization and program rebranding for the museum’s centennial celebration. She grew museum membership while increasing attendance, contributed support, and earned revenue.
Lynch-McWhite also held leadership roles at Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft focused on the objects, ideas, and insights that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. While there, she held the role of deputy director and, later, executive director. Under her guidance, the museum was successfully reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums and completed facilities and capital campaign planning. She revitalized the museum’s development program and donor relation strategies as well as eliminated a multi-year deficit pattern while increasing the organization’s level of collections development, programming, and partnership.
In making the announcement, ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau said, “ACG is thrilled to have Wyona Lynch-McWhite join the firm as vice president to expand the museum and executive search practices. Wyona’s industry knowledge and broad experience are exemplified by her track record of achieving results in the museum field. She provides ACG with a unique opportunity to better serve the arts and culture sector in North America as nonprofits, universities, and government agencies seek to address their challenges while deepening their community relevance.”
“I look forward to joining the ACG team and the opportunity to work with such a respected organization whose mission and commitment to the cultural community are in complete alignment with my work as a museum executive,” said Lynch-McWhite. “With more than 21 years of progressive experience in the museum field, I have a proven track record as a dedicated museum leader who has moved organizations forward. Having worked across all areas of museum operations, my experience has led to better fiscal oversight, stronger team building, and integrated strategic and budget planning. I look forward to bringing these skills to ACG, supporting the firm’s services and its work with cultural organizations across the company.”
In addition to her work with national, regional, and local museum organizations, Lynch-McWhite has served as the chair of the Roanoke City Arts Commission and as a national grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was also a 2006 participant in the Getty Center’s Museum Leadership Institute.
She currently serves as the leadership and management network chairperson of the American Alliance of Museums and as a board member of the New England Museum Association and the Haystack School of Crafts. She was previously a member of the museum committee for the College Art Association and was a director-at-large and program committee co-chair on the South Eastern Museums Conference governing council. Ms. Lynch-McWhite graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree from Florida A&M University and holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia College, Chicago.