The Board of Trustees of the Roberson Museum and Science Center have announced the appointment of Michael Grasso as their new Executive Director. He will assume responsibilities on November 6, 2017.

He succeeds Terry McDonald, executive director since 2005, who earlier announced her resignation to become executive director of a museum in the New Orleans area. Grasso will work closely with McDonald until her departure later in November.

Grasso most recently served as the Director of Development and Marketing at WSKG Public Media in Vestal, NY. At WSKG he was responsible for overseeing individual gifts, business sponsorship, marketing, audience services, digital media, and volunteers. Grasso is leaving WSKG after a five-year tenure. He was selected for the Roberson position after a national search for candidates.

“We’re delighted that Michael will be building on what Terry has accomplished at Roberson,” said Glenn Small, president of the museum’s board of trustees. “And we’re especially happy that our national search led us to a new director right here in the community. Michael’s nonprofit experience, entrepreneurial background and education in cultural management qualify him uniquely to lead the Roberson.”

“Roberson is a valuable cultural institution in our region,” said Grasso. “Terry McDonald has served this
organization exceptionally for the last 12 years; I’m honored to accept this position and hope I can live up to the standard she has set. Going forward we’ll be looking at ways to update our technology and infrastructure, strengthen our program offerings and community connections, and create an even more rewarding visitor experience.”

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.