DiscoveryExterior 300x194BRIDGEPORT: The Discovery Museum has hired former Bridgeport Mayor and State Senator Bill Finch as executive director. The appointment comes as the museum celebrates its 60th anniversary.

"I've always been a big fan of the Discovery Museum," said Finch a Bridgeport native, who says he grew up nearby, and visited the museum as a kid.

"That plays a major role in my excitement for this opportunity to help the museum grow and thrive today, tomorrow, and for generations to come."

Bill finchAfter an extensive search process for a new executive director – during which the Discovery Museum board emphasized that community partnerships with local institutions and fundraising experience were key factors – the green light to hire Finch was given to Board Chairman Tom Vos, a retired executive from executive search firm Stamford based Curran Partners.

"Bill's a great fit, and we’re excited to have him officially on board,” said Vos, “he has extensive experience promoting science, technology, and engineering education programs across the state. His significant relationships and fundraising experience will help secure the resources necessary to give more kids access to exciting, hands-on learning opportunities, that in turn, help prepare them in subject areas critical to obtaining tomorrow’s jobs.

The Discovery Museum (located at 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn.) was founded in 1958 and opened to the public in 1962. In addition to serving as executive director, Finch will retain his job as a visiting climate fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.