Discovery Center names new director

By The Mercury

City officials announced the appointment of a new Flint Hills Discovery Center director on Monday afternoon.

Fred Goss was selected from an initial pool of 45 applicants following a national search and was chosen from four finalists who went through an extensive interview and selection process in March, according to a press release from the City of Manhattan.

A Nebraska native, Goss currently serves as assistant superintendent for the Missouri state parks. He has been a consultant with the Cultural Resource Management Group in Greensboro, N.C.; director of the Greensboro Historical Museum; and was assistant director and interim director at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita.

City manager Ron Fehr announced the appointment.  “Fred brings a wealth of professional experience and commitment to the position,” he said in the release. “As a Nebraska native and having spent time in the Wichita area, he is very familiar with the Great Plains story. Fred will play an instrumental role in continuing effective leadership and advancing the excitement and success of the FHDC.”

Goss will begin as director on May 1. He will be responsible for upholding the Discovery Center’s tourism, education and recreation objectives. He will also be responsible for staff selection, planning, budgeting, financial management, public relations, marketing, program development, fundraising, and ongoing development of the exhibits, according to the release.

Goss graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a master’s degree in historic administration in 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1993. He is a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C. He and his spouse, Jean Goss, have two children, Blaine and Liberty.

Goss replaces the vacancy left by former director Bob Workman, who resigned from his post at the Discovery Center to become the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the same institution that he began his career in1978.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center will celebrate its first anniversary on April 13.

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