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Welcome & Leadership

Julian Siggers standing outside the Penn Museum

Welcome to the Penn Museum.

This public health crisis is, in our lifetimes, an unprecedented situation. It is difficult and uncertain. I cannot say when it will feel less so, but I know that we can look to our own institution for inspiration and comfort. At the Museum, we are the stewards of thousands of years of stories—stories that include war, drought, earthquakes, disease. In these challenges to previous generations, perhaps we can find echoes of our own challenges today.

Our galleries and the objects we are privileged to care for attest to humanity’s resilience, empathy, and ingenuity in the face of hardship. These are the tales we continue to trace hundreds, even thousands, of years later: not just the hardship but also, and just as importantly, the human response to it.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Museum when it is safe to do so. Until then, I hope that you will enjoy exploring our Penn Museum At Home and that you find some meaningful connections there.

Warm regards,

Julian Siggers signature

Julian Siggers, Ph.D.
Williams Director

Executive Team

  • Julian Siggers, Ph.D. Williams Director
  • Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, Executive Director of Advancement
  • Ellen M. Owens, Merle-Smith Director of Learning and Public Engagement
  • Kate Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs
  • Melissa P. Smith, CFA Chief Operating Officer
  • Stephen J. Tinney, Ph.D. Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Head of Collections and Research

Board of Overseers

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the leadership and support of the following members of its Board of Overseers, as of July 2019:

  • Michael J. Kowalski, W74, PAR, Chairman
  • Robert M. Baylis
  • David Brownlee, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • David T. Clancy, W70
  • William L. Conrad, PAR
  • Erica Weissman Desai, C96
  • Edward Fernberger, Jr., W71
  • Peter C. Ferry, C79, PAR
  • Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D., C79, GR81, PAR (ex-officio)
  • Irfan M. Furniturewala, WG01, PAR
  • George M. Gephart, WG79, PAR
  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10
  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., C80, PAR
  • Ingrid A. Graham
  • Amy Gutmann, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Stacey Rosner Lane, Esquire, C80, GR13, PAR
  • Diane v.S. Levy
  • Bruce Mainwaring, C47, PAR (emeritus)
  • Frederick J. Manning, W69, PAR
  • Andrew R. Moelis, C10
  • Geraldine Paier, Ph.D., HUP66, NU68, GNU85, GR94
  • Wendell Pritchett, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Barbara W. Riley
  • Adam Rosen
  • Herbert L. Sachs, W69, PAR
  • Eric J. Schoenberg, Ph.D., GEN93, WG93, PAR
  • David A. Schwartz, M.D.
  • Julian Siggers, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
  • Adam D. Sokoloff, W84, PAR
  • Matthew J. Storm, C94, WG00
  • Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
  • Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93, PAR
  • Charles K. Williams II, Ph.D., GR78, HON97 (emeritus)

Other Volunteer Groups

The Penn Museum gratefully acknowledges the contributions of time, talent, and financial support of the members of the following volunteer groups, as of July 2019:

Director's Council

  • Peter G. Gould, Ph.D., LPS10, Chair
  • Arthur J. Burke, Esquire, C89, W89
  • Lawrence S. Coben, Ph.D., G03, GR12
  • Carrie Cox, PAR
  • Isabella de la Houssaye
  • Douglas T. Dietrich, WG00
  • Luis Fernandez-Moreno, WMP89
  • Judy Brick Freedman, Ph.D.
  • Catherine Giventer, C95
  • Bryan R. Harris, C83
  • John C. Hover II, C65, WG67
  • Andrea R. Kramer, Esquire, L76, PAR
  • Sharon N. Lorenzo
  • Marco L. Lukesch, C01, W01
  • Joseph E. Lundy, Esquire, W65
  • Gregory S. Maslow, M.D., C68 M72 GM77, PAR
  • John J. Medveckis, PAR
  • Carlos L. Nottebohm, W64, PAR
  • Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
  • Adolf A. Paier, W60
  • George R. Pitts, Ph.D., GR77
  • William L. Potter, WG88, PAR
  • J. Barton Riley, W70, PAR
  • Brian P. Tierney, C79, PAR
  • Samuel Phineas Upham, Ph.D., WG05, GRW06
  • Nina Robinson Vitow, CW70, WG76
  • Diane Dalto Woosnam
  • Nanou Zayan, C73, PAR

Advisory Board

  • David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., Chair Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Francesca Ammon, Ph.D. Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher D.M. Atkins, Ph.D. Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900; Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • William Burke White, Ph.D. Richard Perry Professor and Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Cooper, Ph.D. President and CEO, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
  • Dejay Duckett Director of Curatorial Services, African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Sara Jane (Sally) Elk President and CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Oliver St. Clair Franklin O.B.E. Investment analyst (former President of International House)
  • Derek Gillman Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visual Studies, Drexel University
  • Susan Glassman Director, Wagner Free Institute
  • Andrea Goulet, Ph.D. Professor of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Lee Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Will Noel, Ph.D. Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Karen Redrobe, Ph.D. Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ralph M. Rosen, Ph.D. Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Monique Scott, Ph.D. Director of Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Annual Report 2017-2018

In 2017, the Penn Museum launched our Building Transformation project—our grandest excavation yet, revealing a new Penn Museum. We invite you to explore the 2017-2018 Annual Report—in its new digital format—and learn more not only about this transformation but also about our research, teaching, and programmatic initiatives that further the thrill of discovery every day.