Chippewa Valley Museum Names New Director

Posted: January 5, 2015

The Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) is proud to announce that Julie Bunke has been hired as the museum's new director. She will replace Susan McLeod, who is retiring after more than 30 years as CVM's director.

Ms. Bunke brings 18 years of museum experience, including 14 years in a leadership position. Most recently she served as executive director and curator at the St. Charles Heritage Center in St. Charles, Illinois. In St. Charles, she held a wide variety of responsibilities, from collections management and exhibit design to fundraising and writing grant applications. The St. Charles Heritage Center received numerous awards from the Illinois Association of Museums during her tenure.

Bunke also spent three years as museum supervisor at the Downers Grove Park District Museum in Downers Grove, Illinois, which included managing the daily operations at two house museums.

"I am very excited to be an advocate for the Chippewa Valley Museum," explained Bunke. "I am ready to take on the challenge of a larger museum, interpreting history for a larger area and a broader audience."

Bunke's substantial experience and broad skillset will help lead the Chippewa Valley Museum into the future. The knowledge she brings about managing historic homes will be a great asset as the museum continues to seek new roles for the Schlegelmilch House within the community.

Bunke's family just moved to Eau Claire, but she says they have been warmly received (by the people, if not the weather). "It's a wonderful area. Everyone has been extremely nice and welcoming. My kids especially are excited to be in Wisconsin-they like hiking and fishing."

Julie Bunke begins her new position January 5, 2015. Former director McLeod will stay on for two weeks after Bunke begins to ensure a smooth transition.

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