Museum PR Announcements News and Information

President and CEO Doug McDonald appointed to International Council of Museums committee

Cincinnati Museum Center president and CEO, Douglass W. McDonald has been appointed as a member of the Finance and Resources Committee for The International Council of Museums (ICOM).

The International Council of Museums is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals. It gathers almost 30,000 members and is made up of 2,000 museums, 28,000 experts, and National Committees, which represent 137 countries and territories. ICOM is headquartered in Paris, France.

“At a time when The International Council of Museums is pursuing the modernization and optimization of its activities, the financial expertise of Doug McDonald as member of the Finance and Resources Committee is greatly appreciated, notably in relation to information systems, financial consolidation, and the securing of resources,” said Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, president of ICOM. “His advice, both strategic and pragmatic, is tremendously valuable to the management of the organization.”

The main objectives of the Finance and Resources Committee on which McDonald now serves include:

Providing orientation for the ICOM fundraising strategy;
Supporting the Executive Council for the long-term guidelines of ICOM and the development of its financial, human and technical resources;
Advising ICOM on the allocation of resources according to its priorities and the development of the organization.
“I am honored to be offered the opportunity to serve our international museum community,” said McDonald. “I look forward to working with museum professionals from all over the world and bringing the knowledge and experience I gain about best museum practices back to Cincinnati.”

McDonald joined Cincinnati Museum Center as president and CEO in 1999. During this time, he has brought world-class exhibits to Cincinnati, including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Freedom’s Sisters, St. Peter and the Vatican, BODIES…The Exhibition, America I AM: The African American Imprint, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, and opening March 2, A Day in Pompeii. He has experience and noted success in financial management with non-profit organizations and has served as vice president of finance for both the American Association of Museums and ICOM-US.

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio.

For more information, visit

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *