Agency history, 1984-

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  • Tanner, Mary R
  • Niedner, Dianne G
  • Fischer, Nella K
  • Cones, Tracey L
  • Fruchter, Susan
  • McCarthy, Michael
  • Wong, Chun-Hsi
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Assistant Director for Administration
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Associate Director for Administration


Agency History


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  • Mary R. Tanner was appointed Administrative Officer in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) on February 19, 1984. She was promoted to Assistant Director for Administration in 1989 and Associate Director for Administration in 1991. Tanner served in the position until 1995. Other incumbents have included Dianne G. Niedner, Acting Associate Director for Administration, 1995-1996; Nella K. Fischer, 1996-1998; and Tracey L. Cones (with the title Assistant Director), 1998-2002. In 2002 Susan Fruchter began her tenure as Associate Director for Administration. During her time at the museum, Frutcher's title changed to Associate Director for Operations, a position she held until 2012. In 2013, Michael McCarthy became the Associate Director for Operations, serving until 2018. From 2018 to 2020, the position remained vacant until Chun-Hsi Wong was appointed Interim Associate Director for Operations in 2020 and then made Associate Director for Operations in 2022.
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Repository Loc.

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  • 1984
  • 1984-


  • Natural history museums
  • Building management
  • Museums
  • Facility management
  • Museums--Administration


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00090

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