President of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate resigns after 8 years

TCMU has grown in both admission numbers and memberships under Nancy Halverson’s tenure. Photo provided

The Children’s Museum of The Upstate’s board of directors announced the resignation of president and CEO Nancy Halverson beginning on July 10. TCMU will begin searching for a new president and CEO who will maintain the organization.

“It has been an enormous privilege to lead this wonderful organization and see the transformation we have achieved. I am proud to say the Museum is well-positioned for continued growth that will fulfill its mission to help children spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play,” Halverson said in a statement. “The Museum will begin its next chapter as a vibrant and growing educational institution for Upstate children and families, and it has been an honor to serve them.”

Joining TCMU in 2010 as vice president of programming, Halverson became vice president of museum advancement in 2011 and CEO the following year. TCMU has grown in both admission numbers and memberships under Halverson’s tenure.

“The board of directors cannot thank Nancy enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and motivation she has given to TCMU and the Upstate community these last eight years,” says TCMU board chair Chris Beard. “She will be greatly missed by the staff, board members, and community partners alike.”

Under Halverson’s leadership, TCMU reached major milestones such as becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate, opening TCMU-Spartanburg with no debt, opening permanent exhibit “Bib’s World”, and opening Spark!Lab for invention and innovation, as well as receiving various awards.


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