NCTM Names New Executive Director

Release date: 2/3/2012

North Carolina
Division of State Historic Sites & Properties
4620 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4620
(919) 733-7862
Press Release                                                                                 For Immediate Release
February 2, 2012                                                                                     Contact: Mark Brown        
                                                                                                                (704) 636-2889
Wegner Named New Director of the NC Transportation Museum
Spencer, N.C. - The N.C. Transportation Museum today announced the appointment of Samuel J. Wegner as the museum’s new executive director.  Wegner succeeds long time Director Elizabeth Smith who retired on December 1, 2011.
Wegner, a native of Idaho, has held leadership positions with museums and historic sites for more than 34 years.  His service includes experience with historic site systems in both Missouri and North Dakota, as well as museums in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Virginia.  He most recently served as a vice-president of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, which operates the museum, is looking forward to Mr. Wegner joining its leadership team.  Keith Hardison, Division of State Historic Sites and Properties, said, “We are delighted to have Mr. Wegner at the helm of this museum at this point in its history.  His experience, leadership, and ability to engage staff, volunteers, and the community will bring focus, progress, and enhanced support for the institution during this critical transition period.  I look forward to working with him to insure the continued vitality and growth of this institution.”
The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a facility of the Division of State Historic Sites and properties within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  The museum is located at 411 S. Salisbury Avenue in Spencer, NC and is open to the public on a regular schedule.  For more information, contact the museum at (704) 636-2889.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.
Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.
To learn more, visit
Division of State Historic Sites
Department of Cultural Resources