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George Jacob out as dino museum CEO

George Jacob is no longer the president and CEO of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. He signed a three year contract for those positions and executive director of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society back in September 2014. The museum opened a year later.

Jacob brought with him a reputation for leading museum planning and design-build around the world. As of the October 20th AGM, he is considered to have moved on, but Society chairman Tim Powell wouldn’t comment on the nature of his departure.

“George did a great job of getting us out nationally and internationally and now we want to focus a little closer to home.”

A replacement won’t be looked at until at least 2017, as Powell says they’re on a hiring freeze. Some other staff involved in operations are no longer with the museum and won’t be replaced immediately. Photographer Marilyn Grubb has also replaced Chris Turnmire as the representative for Wembley on the board.

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“We’re kind of keeping a close eye on our budget to get through to the end of the year, so there won’t be any hiring until the New Year,” explains Powell.

Next year’s budget is expected to be between $1.8 and $2 million. Powell says it should include the hiring of people to take care of marketing and fundraising. More changing exhibits are also in the works.

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