MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Public
Museum board of directors on Monday announced it has chosen
Dennis Kois to be the next president and chief executive officer
of the museum.
Kois has a variety of experience and leadership at some of the
country's top museums, including the Met-ropolitan Museum of Art
in New York City, the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is currently
executive director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in
"We're very excited to bring Dennis, a Whitefish Bay native,
back to Milwaukee and to MPM," said Jay Williams, chair-elect of
the MPM board. "Some of his first elementary school field trips
were to the Mil-waukee Public Museum, and he has a deep
understanding that MPM's collections, history of scholarship and
community stature are important assets.
Kois will begin his new role May 1.
Kois is an honors graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in museum design,
in addition to having a master's degree in museum studies from
New York University.
"I owe the start of my career in museums to the MPM field trips
of my youth," Kois said. "It was during those school visits that
I discovered that MPM connected me to a world of ideas, history
and culture that was, in the most literal sense of the word,
There's a great deal we can do to build on the good work of Jay
Williams, the board and the talented MPM team to advance MPM as
an example of how American museums can be even more central to
our civic life and citizens, he added. I love Milwaukee and
MPM, and I'm excited to be coming home.
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