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Da Vinci Science Center leadership in transition

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 02 2013 07:01:53 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2013 05:30:33 AM CST
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The DaVinci Science Center is looking for a new leader.

Da Vinci's Executive Director and CEO Troy A. Thrash has accepted the position of president and CEO at the  Air Zoo museum in Portage, Mich., an affiliate of the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution.

The Center’s director of finance and human resources, MaryAnn Woods Przekurat, will serve as the organization’s interim CEO starting Jan. 24. A search process for a new CEO has begun, said Frank K. Schweighardt, chairman of the center’s board of trustees.

Under Thrash’s direction since March 2009, the independent nonprofit organization has deepened its cultural impact by increasing its emphasis on scientific workforce development, states a release from the center.

The Da Vinci Science Center’s current Year of the Human Body project, in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, and anchored by the record-breaking Bodies Revealed exhibition, is its largest community education initiative to date.

Przekurat has been the Da Vinci Science Center’s director of finance and human resources since July and a member of its staff since February 2012. She has worked as a school principal and teacher of science, mathematics, and technology around the world for more than 20 years. She holds a K-12 Principal Certification, an MBA from Lehigh University, and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa.