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August 21, 2014

Dr. Joe B. KeiperDr. Joe B. Keiper, executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, has been named to the Virginia Association of Museums Governing Council, serving as the director for nature, science, and planetaria.  As an advocate for Virginia’s museums, Dr. Keiper will take on the responsibilities of assessing the needs of the Commonwealth’s museums, determining how those needs can be met, and keeping the Virginia and federal legislatures aware of the cultural and economic benefits of museums.

“In addition to providing important educational opportunities and serving as repositories for a variety of collections, museums are also crucial drivers of economic development,” Keiper said.  “Museums of all types and sizes draw visitors from across the Commonwealth and beyond, benefiting local economies and providing quality of life benefits for citizens. VAM is dedicated to ensuring museums remain a strong and special part of Virginia communities.”

The Virginia Association of Museums Governing Council is made up of 23 members, including officers, an immediate past president, two ex-officio members, and directors who represent all geographic areas of Virginia, as well as the great diversity of museum disciplines.

For more information about the Virginia Association of Museums, visit

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