After eight years as the Chief Executive Officer, Michael Shanklin will be leaving his position at Kidspace on Sept. 30 and moving to Washington, D.C., to build a new children's museum.
"Michael's tenure with Kidspace has been transformative. The museum has experienced tremendous growth in attendance, revenue, and has significantly expanded Kidspace for All access programs that helps to make the museum available to all families," said Board President Mike Bryant. "We are sorry to see Michael go but we are excited for his new opportunity and are grateful for his many contributions."
Shanklin took the helm in 2011 and has focused on the museum's fiscal health, strategic growth, and exhibit development.
Kidspace's Board of Directors have begun an executive search for Shanklin's successor. Bryant will serve as both the Board President and Interim CEO during the search.
"During this transition our dedicated team will continue our commitment to serving Kidspace's mission by expanding programming, updating exhibit experiences, and engaging the community. We celebrate all that Michael has done in helping to establish Kidspace as a leader in the children's museum field. We look forward to working with future leadership to continue to launch new innovative educational initiatives for another 40 more years," Bryant said.