Longtime Franklin Institute President Dennis M. Wint stepping down in 2014
The Franklin Institute's longtime president and CEO, Dennis M. Wint, will step down at the end of 2014 after 20 years at the helm of the Philadelphia institution.
Wint is the longest-serving leader in the 189-year history of the Franklin Institute. During his tenure, it established some of its most ambitious strategic plans, starting in 1996 when it began launching educational programs for children that have come to define much of the museum's outreach.
Two fundraising campaigns in the last two decades raised $130 million to help renovate the Franklin's existing exhibition and public spaces as well as helping to open the $10 million Karabots Pavilion. The new 53,000-square-foot pavilion will open in June 2014 as the first expansion project at the Franklin in a quarter century.
"It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of this great institution and all that has been accomplished these past many years," Wint said in a statement Wednesday announcing his departure date. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with the Institute's committed Board of Trustees, highly talented staff and volunteers, and dedicated family of supporters, to elevate science learning and strengthen science education in the Philadelphia region and the nation."
Some exhibits over the past decade have put the Franklin on the map as a national attraction just off Logan Square, a place for tourists to visit when they visit Center City. They list as the "King Tut," "Body Worlds" and "Titanic."
"Dennis raised the bar, transforming a staid, conservative institution to an innovative forward thinking model focused on science education and the ever increasing importance of technology in economic development and our everyday lives," Institute vice chairman Don Morel said.