Michelle Shain named interim president of Children’s Museum of the Upstate

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Former Greenville City Councilwoman Michelle Shain has been named interim president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

She replaces Nancy Halverson, who left in July after six years at the museum’s CEO.

The museum board is conducting a national search for the museum’s next president and CEO.

Michelle Shain

Shain, who begins her new job on Monday, Aug. 6, has led various Upstate nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, serving as the former director of community relations for Furman University, executive director of Greenville County First Steps, and vice president for the Community Foundation of Greenville.

Shain most recently served as interim executive director for A Child’s Haven, interim executive director for the YMCA of Greenville, and interim president of the Community Foundation of Greenville.

Chris Beard, the museum’s board chairman, said Shain’s experience working with transition teams coupled with her years of service to the community made her an excellent choice.

“Our community can continue to expect a lot of exciting changes from TCMU, including exhibit renovations and a 10-year anniversary celebration next year,” Beard said in a release. “Michelle’s leadership during this transition period will help us continue the momentum around the museum’s vision, growth, and strategic planning initiatives.”

Halverson, who worked as the museum’s vice president of programming and vice president of museum advancement before becoming president, is moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., and is taking a job as executive director of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls.

Shain served eight years on Greenville City Council.

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