The Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors of the Mobile Medical Museum are honored and privileged to announce that Dr. Daryn P. Glassbrook has accepted the position of executive director, effective Feb. 01, 2016. The previous Executive Director, Ms. Raven M. Christopher, will be relocating to Montgomery, Alabama, to assume the position of Curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
“I am thrilled to take the helm at the Mobile Medical Museum,” said Dr. Glassbrook. “The Museum is an outstanding educational resource for students and scholars and a fun and fascinating place for anyone to visit. Ms. Christopher and the Board members have worked diligently to position the Museum for further institutional growth and community impact. I look forward to building on what they have accomplished and exploring new directions.”
Dr. Glassbrook comes to the Museum with nine years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. During that time, he raised over $4.3 million in philanthropic contributions from local, national, and international sources. He is the founder and director of Glassbrook Grants Consulting and has previously served as development director at the Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile (2011-2013).
His prior experience also includes senior leadership and development positions at the South Yuba River Citizens League (Nevada City, California); the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Massachusetts); and the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada). He completed his graduate studies in American literature at Purdue University (Ph.D., 2006; M.A., 1999), where his education included graduate seminars in historical studies and archival theory and practice. He currently serves on the Board of the Azalea City Montessori Cooperative School and is an active volunteer with the Mobile Area Jewish Federation, Mobile Baykeeper and Victory Teaching Farm.
“Dr. Glassbrook brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that my colleagues and I think are vital to the vision and mission of the Museum,” said Dr. Charles B. Rodning, President, Board of Trustees. “He will have a dynamic impact upon the growth and development of the Museum. We pledge our support to him.”
Founded in 1962 by Dr. Samuel Eichold II, the Mobile Medical Museum is the largest institution dedicated to preserving the medical history of the Gulf Coast in this region. The Museum is located on the campus of the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, in the historic Vincent-Doan-Walsh House—the oldest extant private residence in Mobile. The Museum’s collections include over 50,000 medical artifacts and documents from the past 300 years.
The Museum also houses the J.L. Bedsole Archives and Ben May Library, which together contain over 50 cubic feet of letters, doctor’s registers, and photographs, as well as thousands of rare books. Over 1,000 local and international visitors are served by the Museum each year. This includes hundreds of students from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, as well as other universities, community colleges, technical schools and K-12 schools, who tour the Museum’s exhibits as part of their education and professional training.