Dennos Museum Center executive director to retire

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TRAVERSE CITY — Eugene A. Jenneman, executive director of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, has announced that he will be retiring in 2019.

Jenneman made it official with the college when signing his notice of retirement on Aug. 22, 30 years to the day that he began work at NMC.

Jenneman was hired by NMC in August of 1988 to work with architect Bob Holdeman to finalize the designs, and oversee the construction for what would become the Dennos Museum Center.

The museum opened to the public on July 6, 1991 and Jenneman has served as its executive director since then.

“It is no secret that I have been making the effort to retire for several years now, but the generosity of a few wonderful people in this community, and the support of NMC president Tim Nelson, enabled me to fulfill a last major goal of mine; which was the expansion of the Dennos to showcase the growing art collection we have amassed since 1991,” said Jenneman, “but that goal has now been met and it is time to step aside and let new leadership with the needed energy and drive take the Dennos to the next level in its now 27 year history.”

Prior to coming to NMC, he served as executive director of the Erie Museum Authority in Erie, PA, from 1984 1988 and as assistant director and planetarium coordinator of the Jesse Besser Museum in Alpena from 1971 to 1984. J

Jenneman is a 1971 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“I have had a very fortunate career. Few museum directors get to build the museum they run, far fewer get to expand the same building in their time as director, “said Jenneman. “I have been fortunate because there have been great entrepreneurs who have shared their success with this community enabling museums like the Dennos to be here in the first place.

“This, along with the NMC community and a great museum staff, supported by our museum members and donors have made it possible for me to achieve what I have.”

During his career he has served on the boards of the Michigan Museum’s Association from which he received the President’s Award in 2014, the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, ArtServe Michigan and the Michigan Nonprofit Presenters Network.

He is a past President of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association and a founding board member for the Michigan Legacy Art Park where he was honored, along with the Dennos, with the Legacy Award in 2016.

In 1997, he was appointed by the Governor to the Board of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, serving two three-year terms. He also serves as a current board member of the International Affairs Forum and Con Vida, a Detroit based organization focused on the traditional arts of Brazil and Peru.

In October 2018, Jenneman was part of a 20 member international delegation of arts professionals from 14 counties invited to visit art museums, galleries and artists studios in Israel as a guest of the Israeli government.

Jenneman, and his wife Marcia, plan to stay in the area with more international NMC travel on his agenda. Plans for the search for his replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

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