Morris Museum names Andrew Sandall as new president and CEO

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The new president and CEO of the Morris Museum in Morris Township knows the area–he ran the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison in 2007-08.

From the Morris Museum:

Andrew Sandall Appointed New President & CEO of the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum announced Monday that it has appointed Andrew Sandall to be the next president & CEO, succeeding Dr. Cleveland Johnson, who will retire at the end of the year.

Edward von der Linde, chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “We are very pleased to announce Andy’s hiring and look forward to his arrival. He brings a wealth of museum leadership experience, innovative thinking, and a track record of success. He is a non-profit entrepreneur and visionary leader. We are fortunate and excited to be adding someone of Andy’s caliber and experience to the Morris Museum team.”

Sandall is currently the Executive Director of the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach, FL, where he leads all aspects of the 125,000 square foot multi-discipline, multi-site museum, and has driven its mission to inspire curiosity in the arts and sciences.

Throughout his tenure at MOAS ,Sandall has grown resources, enhanced and developed programs, reached new audiences and significantly increased the institution’s endowment.

His career path includes leadership roles at organizations including the internationally important National Railway Museum in the UK, the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, FL, and for the past nine years as Executive Director of MOAS. Sandall has experience working with historic properties, diverse collections spanning centuries, capital building projects and developing complex funding models and streams.

Early in his career he held curatorial positions in the UK. He has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Leicester University, Leicester UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Heritage Management from University College of Ripon & York St. John, Ripon UK.

However, Sandall is no stranger to the Morristown NJ region, having served as director at the nearby Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, and Executive Director of Friends of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus earlier in his US career.

Sandall stated, “It is a true honor to be selected to lead the Morris Museum and join its talented and passionate team. I look forward to working with the board and staff to develop the very best, relevant, and engaging programs and exhibitions. I am eager to get to know the community and meet the museum’s audiences and supporters after many years away. This is a region of the country I love and have missed.”

Sandall brings a very successful record of program development, fundraising, community engagement and capital project experience.

“The Morris Museum is poised for its next generation of growth and development, capitalizing on its theme of art, sound and motion as Andy brings a wealth of experience moving organizations to the next level with greater relevance, impact and engagement,” stated von der Linde.

Sandall will start his duties in early 2022. He was selected following a national search guided by the executive search firm, Museum Search & Reference, which specializes in recruiting senior executives for the museum sector.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, multifaceted arts and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions and performances, which strive to interpret the past and discover the future through art, sound, and motion. The Museum is home to the historic and internationally-significant Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.

The Museum’s Bickford Theatre is a 312-seat performing-arts facility, offering unique programming in film, jazz, and live performance through its innovative series, Live Arts. As New Jersey’s only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, it launched Spark!Lab, a dynamic, Smithsonian-created learning space which will inspire young visitors to create, collaborate, and innovate. To learn more, visit www.morrismuseum.org.

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