Victoria Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, has named Timothy Brosnihan as its new Executive Director. After a six-month search in the US and Canada, the Search Committee announced that the position would go to Brosnihan, former Assistant Director of the museum.
Board member Sue Sturtevant chaired the Search Committee, which included other board members Cynthia MacDonald, Sue Nutty, Drew Oestreicher and Kathie Propp, along with community members Randal Rucker and Mike Stone. They worked with Gail Nessell Colglazier, Principal, Executive Searches for Museums, and Hilary Robbins, Founder and Senior Strategy Consultant for Hilary Robbins Consulting, to find the best candidate for the position left open when Thomas Johnson retired in early 2021.
Timothy Brosnihan joined Victoria Mansion in 2002 as site manager, and has served in various capacities prior to being appointed Assistant Director in 2010. Brosnihan has a B. A., Summa Cum Laude, in American History from Bowdoin College and an M. A. in Historical Archaeology from University of Maine. He also has served as Board President of Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., leading their strategic planning efforts. Other community positions he has held include the Maine 2021-2026 Statewide Historic Preservation Plan Review Committee, Main Street Bath Design Committee and the Bath Historic District Architectural Review Committee.
The full Board of Trustees of Victoria Mansion voted unanimously to offer the position to Brosnihan, who “accepted enthusiastically.” He noted that: “Because the Mansion is such an inherently special place, it inspires great admiration, loyalty and affection.” Sturtevant added, “The last months have been difficult with a COVID closure, but the robust visitation after opening in July proved that patrons are eager to learn about the museum and take part in its new community partnerships. We think Tim is the person to broaden the appeal of Victoria Mansion and lead it into a new era.”