Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Professor of History at PSU, will transition into a new role as Interim Director of the Museum of the White Mountains starting in January of 2016, following a semester at James Madison University where she is serving the first half of her American Council on Education Fellowship, a program that prepares leaders in higher education. In the interim, Dean Cynthia Vascak will be overseeing the Museum programming, operations, and staffing and collaborating closely with the Museum’s Advisory Council, chaired by Woolsey Conover.
Dr. Blaine is a Museum Scholar and has previously curated three exhibitions at the MWM. Her research focuses on the development of American identity in the eighteenth century and the Americans’ historical relationship with the White Mountains. Her leadership experience includes serving as the founding department chair of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education and as PSU Faculty Speaker.