Exploration Place names new president

Janice Luth will be the next president of Exploration Place, officials announced in a written statement today.

Luth, who has more than 30 years' experience in the museum field, will start her new position July 1. She replaces Alberto Meloni, who resigned last May.

Since 2008, Luth has owned her own consulting firm, where she has been a project leader for the Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. She and her husband co-launched the small business Tools From the Earth LLC.

According to the news release, Luth served as director of the Heritage Village in Largo, Fla., for six years. Before that she was vice president of programs and director of education at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. She also has worked in history museums, including as assistant director for the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, N.C., and history museums in West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois.

"We are excited for Jan to begin her work with Exploration Place because she brings energy, experience, knowledge and a passion to partner with people," said Helen Healy, chairwoman of the Exploration Place board of directors, in a statement.

"Given her science museum background, she will bring new ideas to a great staff and guide the changes that Sedgwick County residents have been requesting. She will focus on bringing exciting new traveling exhibits while refurbishing and re-imagining our permanent exhibits. Collaboration with other organizations will be a major priority as well."

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