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  • José H. Leal

A New Episode in a Successful Series!

I was very pleased that the Board of Trustees invited me to serve in the position of Interim Director for the recently renovated Museum. With more than 24 years of in-house experience—17 of which as the Museum Director—I am well-positioned to support the staff and community during this transition.

I also intend on maintaining my activities as Curator, in particular as this relates to my role as principal investigator in grant-funded projects, such as the Digital Imaging Project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the new National Science Foundation-funded Collaborative Research: Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard collection-based project.

I will invoke the best of my abilities to make sure that the uncertainty of the pandemic and the transition to a new Executive Director in the near future have a minimum impact on the future of the organization. Thanks for your continued support of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum!


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