Censky named president of Milwaukee Public Museum

By Freeman Staff

June 12, 2019

Ellen J. Censky
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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 committee.

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.