Museums Alaska has hired Della Hall of Fairbanks as its new executive director. The selection was made after a statewide search process. “The Board is thrilled to welcome Della to this position,” says Molly Conley, President of Museums Alaska. “Della has been an active and engaged member of our board since 2015. She is a strong leader, a great communicator, and an excellent problem solver. Della knows the needs of our organization and has no shortage of ideas for pushing us to the next level. ”
Hall, who holds an MA in History, with a Certificate in Museums Studies from the University of Delaware and a BS in History, Technology, and Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has worked in Alaska as an archivist with the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, collections manager at the Pioneer Air Museum, curatorial assistant at the University of Alaska (UA) Museum of the North, and as a consultant at the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum. She will be responsible for providing a central office for Museums Alaska, administering two statewide grant programs, supporting Museums Alaska’s advocacy efforts, and assisting with the coordination of the annual conference held in conjunction with the Alaska Historical Society each fall.
Board member Angela Linn worked with Della at the UA Museum of the North for over two years: “Della is passionate about museums and has shown she is interested in helping to make Museums Alaska a more useful organization for a wider range of professionals. Museums Alaska is lucky to have her as our new Executive Director.”
Della follows outgoing director, Bianca Carpeneti, who leaves the position February 15. Bianca will continue her work with the Alaska Legislature and looks forward to helping out with Museums Alaska as an engaged member.