Franklin Institute COO Larry Dubinski tapped as next prez, CEO

Larry Dubinski will take over as prez and CEO in July.
Larry Dubinski will take over as prez and CEO in July.
Posted: January 13, 2014

THE FRANKLIN Institute has tapped chief operating officer Larry Dubinski to replace longtime president and chief executive officer Dennis M. Wint, the museum announced yesterday.

Dubinski, who also serves as general counsel and secretary, will assume the role in July after being chosen by the institute's search committee with unanimous support from the board of trustees.

Wint, the institute's longest-tenured president after serving for 20 years, will become president emeritus. He is leaving to become a part-time faculty member at Drexel University, where he will help to guide its new graduate program in museum leadership.

"The Franklin Institute has enjoyed tremendous success under the leadership of Dr. Wint, the longest-serving president in the institute's 190-year history, including the founding of the Science Leadership Academy, the launch of several new programs for disadvantaged youth, and the realization of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which opens this coming June," said Donald Morel Jr., the institute's board chairman and chairman and CEO of West Pharmaceutical Services.

Morel continued: "Larry brings a wealth of experience, exceptional management skills, and a deep commitment to advancing science and technology learning among children and adults. His leadership in the Philadelphia region and in the science center community nationwide positions the Institute for continued growth and innovation."

Dubinski has had two stints with the museum, the first beginning in 1996. Before his current role, he worked as senior vice president of external affairs and general counsel, and later as executive vice president. He left in 2000 to join the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, before returning to the institute in 2004.

During his time, museum officials said, Dubinski has directed key areas, including science and innovation, strategic planning, finance and human resources. He has also led the institute's fundraising efforts, securing more than $150 million in donations.


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