Recently hired Sandy Cohen will start as Bowman Museum executive director next month

PHOTO COURTESY OF SANDY COHEN - Sandy CohenAfter leading the Bowman Museum for a quarter of a century, Gordon Gillespie has retired, and the new executive director will take over in mid-March.

Crook County hired Sandor "Sandy" Cohen recently at the recommendation of the Crook County Historical Society Board of Directors.

Crook County Historical Society President Jan Anderson said they received 34 applications.

Cohen comes from Wenatchee, Washington, where he served as the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Previously, he was director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico. Before that, he spent 12 years as supervisory museum curator of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Anderson said Cohen's experience as an executive director appealed to the historical society board.

"Our executive director position is similar in that he works with both the county and the museum staff but is also accountable to the historical society board," she said.

The museum director manages the museum and oversees fundraising, grant writing, marketing, financial management and operations. He works cooperatively with community leaders, board of directors, staff and volunteers.

Cohen's annual salary has not been confirmed but will range from $72,000 to $79,000.

He and his wife, Debbie, will move to Prineville in the coming weeks.

Current Bowman Museum staff and historical society board members will cover the executive director duties until Cohen takes the reins most likely on March 15.

"The historical society board is excited to have him coming on board and is looking forward to working with him," Anderson said.

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