EdVenture names Marquart as CEO

on Monday, 13 June 2022. Posted in Local News


    Andy Marquart has been named the chief operating officer of EdVenture Children’s Museum, according to a recent announcement by the museum’s Board of Trustees.

      Board of Trustees Chairperson Dwayne Porter stated that Marquart, who has served as the president and CEO of The Hands On! Discovery Center and Gray Fossil Site Museum since 2013, will begin his tenure on June 27.

      “Andy comes highly qualified with extensive museum experience,” said Porter. “He recently oversaw the merging, re-location, and re-branding at his current museum by strategically bringing the stakeholders together and developing a comprehensive plan of action and implementing it; and that’s the kind of leader that we want at this time for EdVenture.”

      A native of Washington, Mo., Marquart brings more than 18 years of seasoned experience to the position. Prior to joining the Hands On! Discovery Center, he worked as the museum manager at the Discovery Center in Springfield, Mo.; executive director of the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Ark.; and CEO of Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples in Florida.

     “I am excited to join EdVenture and be part of an organization with such a rich legacy of engaging and impactful experiences for children and their families.” said Marquart. “Museums like EdVenture are critical pieces of an enhanced quality of life in thriving, well-rounded communities.”

        “EdVenture appreciates the dedicated leadership of Willie Calloway, who stepped in to serve as the Interim CEO in January,” added Porter. “His experience contributed greatly to the organization during this transition, and we will be welcoming him back as a member of our Board of Trustees.”

          EdVenture Children's Museum, a nonprofit education institution in Columbia, opened in November 2003, and has locations in Hartsville and Myrtle Beach. Last week, the organization re-opened its Myrtle Beach satellite located in The Market Common to provide three times the space for children and their families to engage in hands-on, interactive experiences. Next month, EdVenture Hartsville, located at 146 West Carolina Avenue, will be celebrating its fourth anniversary, having opened in 2018.