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EcoTarium announces leadership transition

President Stephen Pitcher to step down this year
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Worcester, Mass. - April 25, 2012

     The EcoTarium has announced that Stephen M. Pitcher, who has served as president of the organization for seven years, will step down from his position by the end of this year.  A transition committee has been formed to conduct a search for his replacement, according to outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Patty Eppinger.  Ms. Eppinger, who made the announcement at the museum’s annual meeting yesterday, said the transition committee plans to have a new President in place by the end of 2012.

     Mr. Pitcher began his tenure at the EcoTarium in January 2005 as interim president, bringing his expertise in both corporate management and finance and non-profit management to the role.  Under Mr. Pitcher’s leadership, the EcoTarium has grown to become Central Massachusetts’ second most visited cultural site, an indispensable asset to the Worcester community, and a fervent collaborative educational partner with the area schools, according to Ms. Eppinger.  “Steve’s hard work and dedication to providing an ever-changing, educational, and fun guest experience have resulted in an EcoTarium that we are all thrilled with, as a well as a future for the museum that is both exciting and responsive to our region’s needs,” she said.  

     After a 30-year career at Saint-Gobain and 10 years with Davenport Resources in the New York area, Mr. Pitcher was Interim Executive Director at Preservation Worcester.  He has also been a longtime trustee of the Higgins Armory Museum, where he served as Chairman and Finance Committee member, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Music Worcester. 

      The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor nature and science center. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers visitors a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at Massachusetts' first digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, ride a narrow-gauge railroad, and get hands-on with three floors of family-friendly exhibits. Located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., the EcoTarium is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 2-18, $10 for seniors (65+) and students with ID. Parking is free. For information, visit, call 508-929-2700 or e-mail .




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