Dr. Dennis Wint has served the museum community for almost 40 years and The Franklin Institute since 1995. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he leads one of the top cultural attractions in the country and one of the top science centers in the world.
Dr. Wint is the key force behind the tremendous growth that the iconic Philadelphia museum has experienced in recent years. Under his direction, The Franklin Institute’s most recent Inspire Science capital campaign surpassed its goal of $64.7 and allowed the Institute to break ground in 2012 on a 53,000 square foot expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavillion, expected to open in 2014. The campaign also funded the new exhibitions, Changing Earth and Electricity, which opened in 2010, as well as a range of other projects that will help grow the Institute.
Over the years, upgraded exhibits and facilities allowed the museum to host such blockbuster exhibits as Titanic, BodyWorlds, King Tut and Cleopatra. In 2007, The Franklin Institute was named #1 in the world by Art Newspaper for highest attendance of a temporary exhibit, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and one of the top twenty museums in the country by Forbes Traveler. In 2009, The Franklin Institute was the only venue in the world chosen to host Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy, which showcased one of Galileo’s two remaining telescopes.In 2008, Dr. Dennis Wint accepted the National Medal in a White House Ceremony- a coveted award from the Institute of Museums and Library Services - for the outstanding contributions The Franklin Institute has made to its community. The Franklin Institute was one of only five museums to receive the award, the nation’s highest honor for museums. Also in 2008, Dr. Wint accepted the ASTC Fellow Award for outstanding contribution, the Association of Science Technology Center’s highest honor.
Prior to his work at The Franklin Institute, Dr. Wint served as President of the St. Louis Science Center, Director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan, and Vice President of Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences. A past Vice Chair of the prestigious Washington D.C.-based American Association of Museums (AAM), an organization dedicated to enhancing the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy and service, he currently serves on the AAM Board of Trustees. He is also Past President of the Association of Science Technology Centers, the most influential science museum industry group, and currently that organization’s Board of Governance. Dr. Wint is active in the Science Centre World Congress, and recently became a member of the Royal Society of the Arts. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University.