Museum names new director


First Posted: 8/19/2009

The Mount Airy Regional Museum of History yesterday named Matthew J. Edwards to the post of executive director. He will assume the job on Sept. 8.
The move comes more than three months after the April 30 resignation of Linda Blue Stanfield, who stepped down after being on medical leave since March 12.
After conducting its search for a successor, the museums board of directors on Monday extended an offer to Edwards, and the agreement was finalized on Wednesday.
Edwards is the executive director of The Museum in Greenwood, S.C., a post he has held for four years. He is also no stranger to the Mount Airy region.
Prior to assuming his post in Greenwood, he worked on the Heritage and Cultural Tourism Partnership of Northern Carolina, where he worked with the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, the Surry Arts Council, the Tourism Development Authority and the Mount Airy Regional Museum of History.
Previously, he served as the assistant director of the Chucalissa Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of Memphis.
We were fortunate to have a large number of qualified applicants, said Candace Sammons, chairman of the museum board of directors. Our personnel committee was challenged with choosing the right person for our museum. The board is impressed with Matts background, experience and success in running museums.
Edwards and his wife, Glenda, have three children, Olivia, Eleanor and Andrew. My family and I look forward to becoming part of the community in Mount Airy, Edwards said.

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