Turner named director of education
at New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD – Hiring from within, the New Bedford Whaling Museum appointed Christina Turner director of education.

Amanda McMullen, president and CEO, said in a statement the museum completed a “thorough” search process and found “Christina clearly emerged as the strongest candidate.”

McMullen said Turner “has an energizing and creative vision for increasing our educational impact locally and beyond.”

The transition became effective in October.

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Turner previously served as the museum’s director of apprentices and interns since 2015. Under her leadership, the high school apprenticeship program received broad recognition, winning both the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program and the American Alliance of Museum Education Committee’s Excellence in Programming awards.

In her new role, Turner will continue her management of the museum’s apprenticeship program as well as K-12 visitation, volunteer programming and community education partnerships.

“I’m passionate about enhancing our dynamic education department and being able to best serve the students and families of New Bedford and the south coast community,” said Turner in prepared remarks. “I am proud to be a part of such a committed and vibrant institution.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, which she attended as a member of the National Urban Fellow program.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.