Baltimore Museum of Industry names interim executive director

Board vice president fills post left vacant Oct. 8

October 22, 2004|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Museum of Industry, whose executive director resigned this month, announced the appointment of an interim director yesterday.

Louis H. Kistner, 60, a vice president of the museum's board of directors and former external communications expert at Millennium Chemicals of Hunt Valley, will fill in until a permanent replacement can be hired, spokeswoman Claire R. Mullins said in a news release. The museum displays innovations and artifacts from manufacturing businesses in Maryland.

Kistner, who lives in Hunt Valley and runs a consulting business, said he will work part time at the museum. "When I am not there, I will be in daily communication with the staff," he said.

Kistner is also participating in a national search to replace Paul Cypher, who resigned as executive director Oct. 8.

Cypher, who led museum activities for about two years, left Baltimore to take a consulting position with two nonprofit organizations in the Rochester, N.Y., area. During his tenure at the museum, attendance increased 18 percent, to more than 150,000 visitors a year.

When Cypher announced his resignation, he said he was moving his family to New York to be closer to family.

This year, the museum's finance director, Samuel T. Mercer, was arrested and accused of stealing $323,000 in donations. Mercer, who was arrested May 24, has said he was guilty only of sloppy accounting practices. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

When he resigned, Cypher said that his decision was not related to Mercer's arrest and that he had postponed his departure to make sure the museum was able to recover from the missing donation money.

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