BETHLEHEM, PA. – The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) today announced that its Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Kara Mohsinger as the organization’s President & CEO effective August 11, 2023. Andria Zaia, NMIH Curator of Collections, has been appointed interim Executive Director.
NMIH Board Chairman Charles Marcon expressed the Board of Directors’ gratitude for Ms. Mohsinger’s dedicated leadership and commitment to the organization. Mohsinger, who served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and then President & CEO of the organization over the past 8 years, has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
“It has been a privilege to serve the community and forward the mission of NMIH. I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their supportive leadership and to the staff and volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to achieving the many accomplishments and milestones we’ve reached. The museum has a bright future and is in highly capable hands with Andria and her team,” said Mohsinger.
Andria Zaia joined NMIH as Curator of Collections in 2016. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from New Mexico Highlands University and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Drew University. With a background in collections, education, and exhibit curation, Zaia has worked in a variety of museum environments for over 20 years. Prior to joining NMIH, Zaia served as the Curator of Collections and Archives at the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) where she played an integral role in designing exhibits at the Society’s Sigal Museum. In addition to her background in museum work, Zaia is also a professor of Anthropology at Northampton County Community College and specializes in textile manufacturing in the American Southwest and North Africa.
“Kara’s proven leadership and dedication to the mission of the museum have strengthened countless partnerships and educational programs. The foundation she has set with her commitment to the museum and the public we serve will support thriving initiatives for years to come,” said Zaia.
“We are excited to embark upon the next chapter in the Museum’s evolution and have the utmost confidence in the staff, with Andria’s leadership and experience, to face the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Marcon.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDUSTRIAL HISTORY
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. Learn more at nmih.org.
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