CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico’s Gateway Science Museum Welcomes New Executive Director

Date: 01-09-2018

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Adrienne McGraw
Gateway Science Museum
TEL: 530-898-4121

After a months-long national search, California State University, Chico has named Adrienne McGraw as the new executive director of Gateway Science Museum.

Since childhood, McGraw has had a keen interest in science, a passion she has leveraged into a successful and rewarding career working in museums and with exhibits. She is eager for the opportunity to share her enthusiasm with the community and enhance the museum’s already renowned offerings.

“Science is one of the ways that we understand our world and understand our place in it and what our impact is,” McGraw said. “But also, just having joy, wonder and a sense of exploration and discovery. Science, nature and nature studies give us those venues for accessing our world.”

McGraw comes to Gateway having recently served as director for Exhibit Envoy, an organization that delivers traveling exhibitions to museums across the United States. Through that job, she visited Gateway Science Museum numerous times and became enamored with it and the city of Chico.

David Hassenzahl, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at CSU, Chico, remarked that McGraw’s experience and vision make her the ideal person to run Gateway Science Museum.

“Adrienne McGraw brings critical experience with museum management, fundraising and exhibit design,” Hassenzahl said. “A highly regarded member of the statewide museum community and former chair of the John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies Department, she brings a vision for the museum that will build on its already excellent role providing critical outreach for the College of Natural Sciences and the University.”

McGraw fills a role previously held by Reneé Renner, who led the museum from 2013 to 2017, when she departed to return to work as a professor in the Department of Computer Science.

The Gateway Science Museum, supported by the University’s College of Natural Sciences, opened on February 27, 2010, and provides educational and interactive opportunities with exhibits exploring a wide range of topics throughout the year, as well as field trips for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., although it is closed until Jan. 20 for installation of its spring exhibit series. The spring exhibits include Brain: The World Inside Your Head, which gives elaborate insight into the quintessential organic computer, and Delta Grandeur, which celebrates and shares the grandeur and diversity of California’s delta ecosystem.

The museum is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children and students, and free for museum members. For more information, call 898-5130 or visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.