Executive Search Practice Leader
Wyona Lynch-McWhite joined ACG as Vice President in 2016, bringing more than 21 years of experience leading art, university, and multidisciplinary museums. Her areas of expertise include executive search, museum planning, organizational assessments, strategic visioning, fundraising, and diversity training. As an Executive Search practice leader, she has led numerous search processes throughout the United States and Canada, placing executive leaders for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, universities, and government agencies, including Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and Arts Council of Indianapolis. Ms. Lynch-McWhite has also provided effective solutions in the areas of earned revenue enhancement, strategic planning, and museum planning for clients such as Collier County Museum Division, High Desert Museum, and Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California.
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Lynch-McWhite served as the Executive Director of the Fruitlands Museum, where she led the organization through a strategic planning process and increased museum membership, attendance, and contributed and earned revenue. Under her guidance as Executive Director at Fuller Craft Museum, the museum completed facilities and capital campaign planning and was successfully reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
"Arts and culture organizations are complicated and the challenges they face are formidable. One thing is clear though - success begins with having a skilled and visionary leadership team in place that represents diverse communities and viewpoints, working together with a well-defined strategy and a common goal."
"Creating diversity and inclusion strategies within staff, board, and audience development is a critical element for museums and other cultural organizations. Ensuring that they reflect the communities they serve guarantees their relevance and engagement."
Ms. Lynch-McWhite was previously a Director-at-Large and Program Committee Co-Chair on the South Eastern Museums Conference governing council and has served as a National Grant Reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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. 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.
Ms. Lynch-McWhite's ACG clients include:
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Arts & Science Council
Canadian Museums Association
Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California
Collier County Museum Division
Community Music Center of Boston
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
High Desert Museum
James A. Michener Art Museum
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Museum of Latin American Art
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Northwest Arkansas Council
Powers Music School
Raw Art Works
The Rivers School Conservatory
San Bernardino County Museum Association
Society of Arts + Crafts
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