SciWorks Board of Directors Announces Retirement of Dr. Bev Sanford

Dr. Beverly Sanford has been at the helm of the science museum for 16 years and will retire in the summer of 2012.
By: LMW Media Relations & Marketing, Inc.
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March 2, 2012 - PRLog -- WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — Dr. Beverly (Bev) Sanford, the president/CEO of SciWorks  since 1996, will be retiring from her position at the non-profit organization at the end of June 2012, announces the SciWorks Board of Directors. Originally established as the Nature Science Center by the Junior League of Winston-Salem in 1964, it is a now known as the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County (“SciWorks”) and is a private non-profit science center that includes more than 30,000 square feet of exhibits, a planetarium and a brand-new 5-acre Science Park with interactive exhibits on physics, alternative energy and water management that opens this spring.

“SciWorks is an engaging environment for both students with school groups and families looking for recreational and educational experiences,” says Sanford. “My goal when I started this position 16 years ago was to leave SciWorks a stronger museum with great exhibits, great programs and great facilities.  I really feel that our tagline — ‘Imagine, explore, and discover’ — is exactly what we do daily with our visitors, our young people who are our next generation of scientists and innovators. SciWorks provides them with science learning experiences in a fun, active learning environment. As the museum leadership looks to the next 10 years, it is the right time for such a transition for SciWorks, and I look forward to spending more time with family.”

Under Sanford’s leadership, SciWorks (
• Served more than 1 million students, teachers and families
• Was named one of the top 25 science museums for children in the country by Parents Magazine
• Was awarded a Museum for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
• Spearheaded two capital campaigns that added the 3,000 square foot FoodWorks, added the 1,000 square foot Science Lab to display natural history collections and renovated five exhibit galleries
• Oversaw the development of the Outdoor Science Park, which is in its final stages of completion

Prior to her position at SciWorks, Sanford was Vice President of Programs and Education at Discovery Place in Charlotte, N.C. She has received an Honor Award from the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Educaton, Recreation and Dance, a Professional Service Award from the North Carolina Museum Council and a Peer Service Award from the American Association of Museums. She was active on the boards of state, regional and national museum associations.

“Dr. Sanford has successfully lead SciWorks through many years of expansion and advancements in science, as well as during some of the most challenging economic times in recent history. She has been able to accomplish all that she has done with no debt, while maintaining a balanced budget for our organization,” says Michael A. Myers, chair of the SciWorks Board of Directors. “She has great passion for science and has been a great supporter of this very important educational institution for the children in Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina. She has always been and continues to be a great steward for SciWorks.  We have much gratitude for all Dr. Sanford has accomplished and wish her well as SciWorks plans for the future and conducts a search for her replacement.”

The SciWorks Board of Directors has retained the executive search firm Baker and Associates, LLC, for the nationwide search process to find Dr. Sanford’s replacement. The board hopes to have the process concluded and a replacement in place by July 1, 2012.

About SciWorks
SciWorks is a 501(c)3 corporation that promotes literacy, lifelong learning and an appreciation of the sciences through innovative educational and recreational experiences. Located just off University Parkway at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem, SciWorks is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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