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Waltham museum's executive director resigns

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 18, 2013 03:57 PM

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Elln Hagney, executive director of Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, announced this week that she has resigned and will leave her position at the museum later this month.

In a letter to museum e-subscribers, Hagney said she is moving to Sarasota, Fla., in search of a warmer climate and new career opportunities now that her daughter is attending college out-of-state.

Hagney joined the museum's staff in 2008 as a program developer before being named operations manager, and then executive director in 2011.

In a phone interview Friday, Hagney said she has fulfilled her job of putting the museum on the map with events like the Steampunk Festival -- which she said board members and town officials have promised to continue -- and an annual food and wine festival.

Hagney said she also helped revitalize the museum after the March 2011 floods, which caused $500,000 in damage to the museum's building and primary documents. Under her direction, the museum raised almost all the money back to make repairs, save for about $70,000 to clean another stack of documents.

"That’s one of my bugaboos, that I wasn’t able to get that done before leaving," she said.

Hagney said the museum will also soon be up for Community Preservation Act funding to the tune of over $100,000 to upgrade handicapped accessibility.

Hagney said museum officials are searching for a replacement, but noted that she is confident the new director will continue strengthening the museum's programming and image.

For more information on the museum and its upcoming events and exhibits, visit www.crmi.org.

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