EcoTarium names Noreen Johnson Smith as the new president of the science museum


“I am truly delighted and honored to lead the team at the EcoTarium to engage with the community and inspire a love of science and nature,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with the board, supporters, and our team of museum, zoology, and education professionals at the EcoTarium as we prepare for our two-hundred-year anniversary in 2025.” 

“We are thrilled that Noreen will be joining our dedicated team at the EcoTarium as our next president and CEO. Noreen’s extensive professional experience and strong ties to the community will bring stability and thoughtful leadership to the museum,” Sherri Pitcher, chair of the EcoTarium’s Board of Trustees. 

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  • Smith, who will begin her new role Jan. 17, replaces interim president and CEO Michael Halperson. The EcoTarium began the search for a new president when Lucy Hale stepped down in May of 2021, after three years at the post.   

  • Over the course of more than three decades, Smith has had leadership roles with Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc., The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and has worked as a teacher at Assumption College. She serves on the board of the Public Health Museum, the Worcester Community Action Council and as Charlton town moderator.