Anaheim, California – January 16, 2019 – The MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center announces the appointment of William L. Bailor as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Bailor is a seasoned museum professional who serves as Vice President, Operations of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he has been part of its executive team for nearly twenty years. In that capacity, he manages eight departments, works closely with local schools districts and city government, develops exhibitions and educational programs, and plays a key role in fund raising for the 35 year old institution which has an operating budget of nearly $20 million.
Mr. Bailor also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums, a statewide service organization working to make all California museums and community centers stronger. Prior to joining Tech Museum of Innovation, Mr. Bailor worked for more than a decade in management with Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, California. He grew up in California. He holds a bachelors degree with distinction from San Jose State University.
“Bill Bailor is a great match for MUZEO, bringing outstanding experience in museum leadership, fundraising and government relations that will be key elements to the future success of this young and vibrant institution,” commented Curt Pringle, Chairman of the MUZEO Foundation Board of Directors.
“As a frequent visitor to Anaheim, I’ve greatly admired its downtown renaissance, of which MUZEO has played an important role. I have a real passion for community engagement, and look forward to working with the Board to guide MUZEO’s continued evolution as an exciting place that brings people together for extraordinary experiences,” commented Mr. Bailor.
Mr. Bailor was selected during a national search conducted by Arts Orange County, the countywide nonprofit arts council, and will begin work on February 4. He will reside in Anaheim.
MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center engages the community in exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. As a model for urban cultural centers, the MUZEO concept is truly visionary – transforming the image of a traditional museum experience into an interactive, ever-changing environment featuring a unique variety of prestigious traveling exhibits, special events, lectures, classes and weekend festivals. Established in 2007, the 25,000 square foot MUZEO complex encompasses Anaheim’s original Carnegie Library (built in 1908) and a state-of-the art gallery space seamlessly integrated into an urban setting. MUZEO is operated by the nonprofit MUZEO Foundation under an agreement with the City of Anaheim, which owns the property and generously provides it to the Foundation rent-free, along with building maintenance and a contribution to its operating expenses. The MUZEO Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from business, government and philanthropy.