Chevy Humphrey, the president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center (ASC) and chairwoman of the Board of the American Alliance of Museums, became the first Black American to lead a science center in the U.S. when she assumed leadership of the ASC 15 years ago. She will succeed David Mosena as president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).
In response to Humphrey’s appointment, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in the MSI’s press release that “the Museum of Science and Industry is one of the brightest stars in Chicago’s cultural universe, and we eagerly welcome the historic appointment of Chevy Humphrey as the first Black woman to hold the role as CEO and President. I personally look forward to collaborating with Chevy on new ways to inspire both our young people and visitors of all ages to engage with cutting-edge scientific advances.”
During her time at the ASC, Humphrey advanced informal science education for teenagers. Humphrey also partnered with organizations within her community to ensure that the ASC was a space for education that welcomed all. Under her leadership, the museum’s revenue increased by 216 percent and the ASC’s assets grew significantly from $3 million to $42 million according to the museum’s press release.
Humphrey has received accolades for her work both at the ASC and as chairwoman of the Board of the American Alliance of Museums. The Phoenix Business Journal named Humphrey its Mentor of the Year in 2017, the first time the award was given. Humphrey was also named a Visionary Leader by the Women’s National Basketball Association.
“We chose Chevy because of her effective, proven leadership skills that make her the right leader for MSI in this next chapter,” said Michelle Collins, MSI trustee and chairwoman of the search committee that located Humphrey. “It is an exciting appointment for a number of reasons, including her track record and commitment to science education, her international leadership within her field, and her deep desire to engage with Chicago's many diverse communities,” Collins said.
Humphrey will begin her role as president and CEO after Mosena retires at the end of this year.