Former CEO returns to lead Da Vinci Science Center

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Lin Erickson has returned to lead the Da Vinci Science Center.
Lin Erickson has returned to lead the Da Vinci Science Center.

The Da Vinci Science Center announced today that Lin Erickson -- who led the organization from 1997-2005 -- is beginning her second tenure today as the organization's executive director and CEO.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen as the next CEO of the organization that has provided me with the most rewarding experience of my career," Erickson said. "For me, this opportunity is not about returning, it is about moving forward. The Da Vinci Science Center has grown remarkably since 2005, and I embrace the challenge of working with its exceptional staff to build upon the sizable momentum it has created, especially over the past two years."

Erickson was elected unanimously by the Da Vinci Science Center's board of trustees after a national search of nearly 175 candidates. She has more than 25 years experience spearheading educational initiatives for students from kindergarten through college -- raising more than $46 million from public and private sources.

Erickson was chief development officer of the Air Force Museum Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, from June 2011-Feb. 2013, and director of government, corporate, and foundation relations at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, from 2006-2011.

"The Center's Board of Trustees is excited about the appointment of Lin Erickson to lead the next chapter of the Center's development," said Chairman Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D. "Lin's track record, relationships, and vision demonstrate the qualities necessary for our organization to achieve extended stability and growth."

Erickson stepped down as CEO of what was known at the time as the Da Vinci Discovery Center in Bethlehem in Aug. 2005 -- shortly after her husband, Mark Erickson, became president of Wittenberg University.

Mark Erickson returned to the Lehigh Valley region in 2012 to become president of Northampton Community College in Bethlehem motivating Lin Erickson to seek a position in Lehigh Valley region.

Erickson replaces Troy A. Thrash, who had led the Da Vinci Science Center since March 2009. He left the post in January to become president and CEO of the Air Zoo museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate in Portage, Mich.

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