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AMOS Announces New Executive Director

Amanda Bryant Takes the Helm as Museum Continues to Grow

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) has completed its search for a new Executive Director and is pleased to announce Amanda Bryant has accepted the position. Ms. Bryant has been serving as Interim Executive Director since April. Her leadership has allowed daily museum operations to continue seamlessly during the transition period and she has proven her skill and resolve in managing the day-to-day functions as well as helping shape a strategic plan for the museum’s future.

“We were fortunate to have Ms. Bryant step in as Interim Director and are immensely pleased to have her permanently fill the role after a national search,” said Matthew Maultsby, President of the Board of AMOS. “She’s a strong leader with the background AMOS needs to achieve its goals of expansion as an educational resource to schools and families, and continued partnership development with Asheville industries, art community, and city and county entities.”

 In addition to her experience within the organization, Ms. Bryant’s strong relationships in the community and her commitment to the AMOS mission and vision will be key as the museum continues its growth.  She also brings a wealth of expertise in overseeing programs with city and county impacts that will help AMOS during its evolution into a flagship regional science museum.

 A Western North Carolina native who has lived and worked in both Washington, DC and Asheville for the past 12 years, Ms. Bryant most recently served as a Strategic Communications Executive at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) External Affairs. She brings extensive experience from that role as well as her role at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her work at both agencies has given her a solid science background, along with crucial organizational and communications skills.

 “To be given the opportunity to grow the museum into a showcase of science, technology, and innovation is extremely gratifying. I’m honored to work with an incredible team who is transforming AMOS into the attraction that locals and tourist alike put on their must experience list while also leading the conversation on how we attract more science and technology professionals to our diverse area and support workforce development through STEM education.”

 Ms. Bryant also holds a degree in education and communications – a tremendous advantage as AMOS plans to expand its educational offerings, including camps and at-school and afterschool programs. She and her husband, Brandon, live in North Asheville with their six-year-old daughter, Charlee, and their dog, Tag.

About Jill Lieberman

I grew up in Western North Carolina, and like many who grew up here, left for bigger and better things. I ended up choosing to come right back where I started. I have lived in cities from Manhattan to San Francisco to Atlanta. Asheville is my favorite. After getting a master’s degree in journalism with a public relations focus, my first job was with an agency in Greenville working on crisis communications for the hospital system. That began a career where I’ve handled almost every job there is in PR/marketing /media, from copywriter to media buyer to event planner to salesperson. I was in the trenches during the first dot com boom and bust and worked with Google before it became a verb. I’ve written regular columns for publications on beauty products and how to navigate the internet.