July 21, 2022 — The nonprofit practice of DHR Global helped land Tabitha Schmidt as executive director of the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach, FL. She succeeds interim chief executive Maria Hane and former chief executive Andrew Sandall. The mission was led by James Abruzzo, Managing Partner, Nonprofit Global Practice and DHR’s Michele Baird Counter Director.
“After a nationwide search, we have unanimously chosen Tabitha Schmidt as our next Executive Director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences,” said Katherine Hurst Miller, Chair of the MOAS Board of Trustees. “Tabitha comes to MOAS with a proven track record of leadership, collaboration, passion for museums and community involvement. The MOAS board is excited about the future of the museum in Tabitha’s capable hands. I also want to give special thanks to our expert research consultants at DHR Global, James Abruzzo and Michele Counter, and the MOAS Research Committee.
Ms. Schmidt previously served as general manager of Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, for the past six years. During her tenure there, she guided the organization through a shift in strategic direction that resulted in the largest number of participants and members in its history. She also led the Kingsville, Mo.-based organization through a master planning process that now guides its future direction.
Ms. Schmidt has a diverse background working for nonprofits, cultural organizations and educational institutions, having held positions such as Director of Cultural Arts at the Jewish Community Center, Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University, director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, adult learning associate educator/visiting program manager at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, director of education/arts partner coordinator at Kansas City Young Audiences and Student Activities Coordinator/Adjunct Professor of Art and Art History at Maple Woods Community College.
Ms. Schmidt joins MOAS as the organization embarks on the development of its next five-year strategic plan. She will also work to extend the museum’s impact and position the organization as a vital educational resource, partner and collaborator at local, regional and national levels. In addition, Ms. Schmidt will work to raise awareness of the museum, its collections and its programs to increase attendance and participation. “I am truly honored to have been chosen as the new CEO,” said Ms. Schmidt. “Working with multidisciplinary collections is one of my passions, and MOAS offers endless opportunities.”
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The Museum of Arts & Sciences is Central Florida’s premier museum of art, science, and history. The largest museum in the region, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. “The Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of those rare gems containing a great collection, a new museum building and a council that has recognized the value of endowing such a treasure,” Mr. Abruzzo said.
Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading private provider of executive search solutions with over 50 wholly owned offices worldwide. DHR’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of its clientele.
Mr. Abruzzo has 40 years of experience as an executive search and management consultant to nonprofit organizations. Its clients span the full spectrum of non-profit organizations – cultural organizations, zoos and aquariums, national health services, universities, social services, international humanitarian organizations, and professional associations. Having conducted over 500 executive searches, he is recognized for his work with nonprofit boards on succession planning, strategy and executive compensation. He is also responsible for recruiting new partners, developing intellectual capital and representing DHR at non-profit industry forums.
Ms. Counter is director of the not-for-profit practice of DHR. She specializes in nonprofit executive search, working with clients in the United States and abroad. Assignments she works on include finding non-profit presidents/CEOs, as well as senior executives in finance and administration, fundraising, marketing, education, curricula and other areas. Ms. Counter has also assisted nonprofits with various consulting projects regarding nonprofit strategy, governance and compensation. She has worked with arts and cultural organizations, nonprofit social service organizations, international development NGOs, health-related organizations, foundations, zoos and aquariums, associations and educational organizations, including including colleges and universities. Ms. Counter has specialized in nonprofit executive search for over 10 years.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media