WORCESTER – The EcoTarium science and nature museum has appointed Noreen Johnson Smith as president and chief executive of the organization.
Smith, who takes office Jan. 17, replaces interim president and CEO Michael Halperson. The EcoTarium began the search for a new president when Lucy Hale stepped down in May 2021 after three years in the position.
“I am truly thrilled and honored to lead the EcoTarium team to engage with the community and inspire a love of science and nature,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with the Board, supporters and our team of museum, zoology and education professionals at the EcoTarium as we prepare for our 200th anniversary in 2025.”
Over more than three decades, Smith has held leadership positions with the Family Health Center of Worcester Inc., the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and worked as an instructor at Assumption College. She sits on the board of the Public Health Museum, the Worcester Community Action Council and as a moderator for the City of Charlton.
“We are thrilled to have Noreen join our dedicated team at the EcoTarium as our next President and CEO. Noreen’s extensive professional experience and strong community ties will bring stability and thoughtful leadership to the museum,” said Sherri. Pitcher, president of the EcoTarium. Board of Directors, said.