Ellen J. Censky
MILWAUKEE — The
Milwaukee Public Museum announced that interim President
and CEO Ellen J. Censky has been named to the position
permanently after a nationwide search.
She has served as interim president and CEO since
September of 2018. According to Tuesday’s announcement,
Censky was selected through an extensive search process
that yielded a field of 118 applicants, including
leaders of cultural and scientific institutions from the
top five U.S. markets and around the world.
Censky will be the first female president and CEO in
MPM’s 137-year history.
“After an extensive national search that included
speaking with qualified individuals from around the
country and the world, we know we’ve identified the
right leader to guide the Milwaukee Public Museum into
the future,” said Susan Martin, chair of MPM’s search
A Cedarburg native, Censky began her career at the
Milwaukee Public Museum in 1977. She went on to serve in
other leadership capacities nationally, including at the
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, where
she received national recognition for her work in
founding and developing the “BioBlitz” program, which is
now a staple community outreach program at institutions
in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.