Long recently left his executive director position at
Long helped found the
Great Lakes Children's Museum Board of Directors president
"Not only could he run a museum, not only could he do the job that needed to be done, but he also had the perspective of how to reach our target demographic of children," Missias said.
Board members interviewed 10 candidates and narrowed the pool to three top candidates before they made their decision. Missias said Long has a strong vision of how he wants to see the museum grow and supports the team atmosphere board members were looking for.
"I don't know how else to put it. He gets it," Missias said. "He understands how to run and grow an organization like ours."
Long said children's museums give kids the chance to understand their environment in a fun way, and he's looking forward to figuring out what makes
"I'm interested in finding out what's unique about
His goal is to make sure that whatever exhibits or events the museum hosts continue to be relevant and engaging for adults and kids, he said. The museum is geared toward children ages 2 to 6, and Long wants to gradually expand that range to include children up to 10 years old.
Hiring a new executive director is one of many changes planned for the museum in the coming months. Three new water-themed exhibits are in the works.
"It's time to start looking at ways to refresh the space and give kids and families new things to play with," Missias said.
The first is called
"We're putting in a sail table with different model boats so kids can attach different size sails to the boats and see how they can be manipulated by the wind," Missias said.
Guardians of the Great Lakes is the third and largest of the new exhibits. It will include information about the
"What we're looking at is how the geography of the region is protected and served by organizations like the
Museum officials hope to have the first phase of
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