Boston's Museum of Science hires new president

BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Science, one of Boston's most popular destinations, has hired a new president with a history of leading STEM-oriented museums.

The museum on Wednesday announced that Tim Ritchie will officially take over in February.

His appointment comes at a time when the museum, which gets about 1.5 million visitors a year, is planning a major expansion while also dealing with financial challenges.

Ritchie has been president of The Tech Interactive, a STEM museum located in San Jose, California, since 2011. Before that, Ritchie was president of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

“Tim’s commitment to bring science education to everyone, coupled with his leadership skills, are perfectly aligned with the Museum’s mission to transform people’s relationship with science, technology, engineering and math," said Gwill York, chair of the museum’s trustees.

The Tech Interactive in 2015 received a National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

“Science centers should be in the opportunity business. I am honored to be joining the Museum of Science, with its established record of broadening access to STEM, and am excited to deepen this commitment in the community," Ritchie said.