The Everhart Museum has selected Kathy Johnson Bowles as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on March 15, 2021.
Ms. Johnson Bowles brings 32 years of experience in museum management and higher education, specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. Most recently, she served as Founder and Principal Consultant at Gordian Knot Consulting, working extensively with educational and nonprofit institutions creating philanthropic and revenue-generating solutions. As Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of the Geneseo Foundation at the State University of New York – Geneseo, she led foundation operations and oversaw fundraising and advancement services. She also held roles as Vice President for Advancement at Warren Wilson College, Director of the Moreau Galleries at Saint Mary’s College, and Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations and Assistant Professor of Art at Longwood University. In Addition, she served as Director and Chief Fundraiser at Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, the university’s American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum of art.
As a museum director, she has organized more than 120 exhibitions and has written numerous catalogs and essays for national publications. Her advice on management best practices has been published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Inside Higher Education, and the National Association of University and College Business Officers, among others. Ms. Johnson Bowles has provided service to national, state, and regional boards, including an appointment by the Governor of Virginia to the Library of Virginia board. She was also a Fellow with the American Council on Education, the Harvard Management Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Johnson Bowles holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Boston University and a master of fine arts degree from Ohio University.
In making the announcement, Chairman of the Board Don Frederickson said, “Ms. Johnson Bowles successfully led Longwood University’s Longwood Center for the Visual Art to national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and received more than a dozen international, national, and regional awards for excellence in programs and publications. Her experience is extensive and the board of trustees and I have much confidence in her ability to provide the guidance and leadership needed as we look to the future.”
“I am passionate about the role museums play in communities,” said Ms. Johnson Bowles. “Museums allow us to showcase our history, connect it to our lives today as we imagine the future. I hope to bring my experience to the Everhart, guiding and leading the team to achieve institutional excellence through focused innovation and shared responsibility as we serve the public.”
“ACG was honored to lead the national search process for Everhart Museum’s next Executive Director and we are delighted to place Kathy Johnson Bowles in this critical role,” said ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “We are confident that she will provide strategic direction to the museum in support of its mission and will build positive connections throughout the Greater Scranton community.”