Change in leadership at African American museum

Mark McCormick, the executive director of the Kansas African American Museum. is leaving to become director of communications at the Kansas Leadership Center.

Prisca Barnes, the museum's director of communications and programming, will become executive director. Both will start their new positions Jan. 19.

McCormick, a former columnist for The Eagle, will oversee the communications strategy and will contribute to the leadership center's operations and programs. He's the 10th full-time staff member at the center, which was funded through an initial 10-year, $30 million investment from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Its mission is to foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities.

Barnes, 29, will be one of the youngest nonprofit executive directors in the Wichita metro area. The museum is a source of historical references, creative works and media about the past and present African American experience in Kansas.