Milwaukee Public Museum Announces Leadership Change


MEDIA CONTACT: Thad Nation, Nation Consulting, 414-412-7814

Milwaukee Public Museum Announces Leadership Change
President and CEO Dennis Kois announces 

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) Board of Directors announced today that Dennis Kois, President and CEO of the Museum, is resigning.

“We want to thank Dennis for his leadership during the last four years during an incredibly important period for the Milwaukee Public Museum,” said Thad Nation, Board member and co-chair of the Museum’s Strategic Planning Core Committee. “Thanks to Dennis, the strengthened leadership team and the Board, the Museum is financially secure and well positioned to continue our efforts to build our future home to serve the community for decades to come.”

Kois’ decision to resign is based on personal reasons.

“Moving the Museum toward understanding its future needs and path has been one of the most rewarding challenges I've undertaken in my museum career,” said Kois. “I'm certain the Museum has a bright future ahead.”

The MPM Board of Directors will initiate a nationwide search for the next President of the Museum. Dr. Ellen Censky, Senior V.P. and Academic Dean for MPM, will assume the role of acting President and CEO during the search process. Dr. Censky has had previous experience leading museums in Oklahoma and Connecticut. She has the full confidence of the Board.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to take on the leadership of the Milwaukee Public Museum,” said Dr. Censky. “I am looking forward to working with our talented staff to build on the work that has been accomplished over the last several years.”

Kois will work through the end of August. The transition to Dr. Censky will begin immediately and the Museum thanks Dennis for his help during this transition.

“The Milwaukee Public Museum is in the strongest position it has been in decades and we are confident that the institution is bigger and more important than any one individual,” said Nation. “The Board has full confidence in Dr. Censky, the full leadership team and the staff at the Museum, and we are confident that we will not lose any momentum in our efforts to build a new home for the Milwaukee Public Museum.”

About the Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum is Wisconsin’s natural history museum, welcoming over half a million visitors annually. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum was chartered in 1882, opened to the public in 1884, and currently houses more than 4 million objects in its collections. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rainforest, and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium.

MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.