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Weller leads State Museum


Susan J. Weller

Susan J. Weller is the new director of the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and professor of entomology.

Weller joined UNL Oct. 1 from the University of Minnesota, where she was executive director and curator at the J.F. Bell Museum of Natural History since 2008. She succeeds Priscilla Grew, who has directed the museum since 2003.

“The University of Nebraska State Museum is truly a jewel and an engine of innovation in the museum field,” Weller said.

Weller, who has spent more than three decades as a researcher, is vice president-elect of the Entomological Society of America. She will be society president in 2017.

Grew oversaw private fundraising efforts that produced new gallery attractions and renovations in Morrill Hall and at branch museum locations. The state museum was reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2009 and became a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in 2014. Grew has also led the fundraising initiative for Morrill Hall’s fourth-floor redevelopment.

“The State Museum is an icon for Nebraska and the university, and we have been fortunate to have Dr. Priscilla Grew as its dedicated and energetic director for the past 12 years,” Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. “The museum’s national stature has allowed us to attract Dr. Susan Weller from the University of Minnesota. She brings extraordinary talent and experience to this enterprise.”

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