Finger Lakes Museum appoints new directors

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Philip Lentini

The Finger Lakes Museum’s Board of Trustees made a new appointment at its March 18 board meeting. Philip Lentini, of Penfield, who had been serving as the Museum’s Vice President for Advancement since late 2013, was elected to a seat on the board and appointed to the position of Executive Director. He will be in charge of managing the Museum’s day-to-day business operations and will continue to direct its fundraising programs. He previously served nine years as a Vice President of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

“We are pleased to have an experienced museum professional aboard to help move The Finger Lakes Museum project forward,” said Board of Trustees President John Adamski.

“Our current focus is to complete the transformation of the Branchport Elementary School into the Museum’s Discovery Campus in order to begin programming there this spring. Phil is committed to making that happen,” said Adamski.

The FLM’s Board of Trustees also announced another new appointment. Dan McCormick, of Canandaigua, has been hired to serve as the Museum’s Finance Director. His duties will include drafting and managing the Museum’s budget and administering the grants received through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and other private and public sources. He served as chief financial officer at the George Eastman House for 22 years before retiring from there in 2011.

“We are pleased to have an experienced museum professional aboard to manage The Finger Lakes Museum’s budget and finances,” said Lentini. “It shows the Museum’s commitment to finding the best qualified people to help bring the project to fruition.”

The Finger Lakes Museum is an initiative to create a premier educational institution to showcase the cultural heritage and ecological evolution of the vast Finger Lakes Region of New York State. It is chartered by the State Education Department and has been designated a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.

For more information or to make contact, see www.fingerlakesmuseum.org.