the Discovery Science Place Names New Executive Director
ex-disney and franklin institute executive joins hands-on science museum
Making his way to Tyler from noted institutions like The Health Museum in Houston, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios in California, Phil Lindsey joined Discovery Science Place as chief executive officer. Introduced to the community by Henry Bell, president of the DSP Board of Directors, Lindsey brings a wholly unique mix of talent, background and education and is an experienced designer, film maker and geek – qualities perfectly suited to the science museum field.
“What really drives me is the ability to help lead and create visitor experiences that are fun, fulfilling, engaging and relevant as well as being commercially viable and self sustaining,” explained Lindsey. “I love taking risks and I love entrepreneurial thinking - that is the only way for the field to advance in these fast moving times.”
A passionate visionary when it comes to creating unique and relevant cultural visitor experiences, Lindsey has vast experience in museum leadership, exhibit and programming design and business development. He serves on the board of IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions), the board of the IAAPA Foundation, holds a B.A. in Theatre from University of California, Irvine and a M.B.A. from Rice University – Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.
Lindsey’s years with Disney gave him an appreciation of designing for audiences while his love of science gives him an enthusiasm for teaching.
“Often the hardest thing for a cultural institution to realize is that in the eyes of their community, they are often just another fun thing to do on a weekend with the kids,” stated Lindsey. “Our challenge [at Discovery Science Place] is to make that fun trip more enriching and fulfilling than they were expecting, and in the process create a lifelong passion for learning and an appreciation of science in all its forms. Plus....we get to play with some really cool stuff.....”
ABOUT DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLACE:
Recognized among the top 25 science centers in the nation by Parents magazine and named the Best Downtown Business in Texas in 2009 by the Texas Downtown Association, the Discovery Science Place is a non-profit, hands-on learning environment with a mission of igniting curiosity in young minds through fun, hands-on exploration. Located at 308 N. Broadway in downtown Tyler, it is supported by grants, donations, admissions, memberships and special events. For information regarding the hands-on family science museum or to pledge a donation, please call (903) 533-8011 or visit the website at www.discoveryscienceplace.org.