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About MVZ People

The MVZ’s mission, educational and research programs, and scientific collections are the direct result of its dedicated Faculty, Curators, and Associated Staff. The fact that there have been only a handful of Directors since the Museum’s founding illustrates the continuity in mission and philosophy that were established by Joseph Grinnell and Annie Alexander ca. 100 years ago.

Joseph Grinnell Director, 1908-1939
Alden H. Miller Director, 1939-1965
Oliver P. Pearson Director, 1966-1971
David B. Wake Director, 1971-1997
James L. Patton Acting Director, 1997-2000
Craig M. Moritz Director, 2000-2012
Jimmy A. McGuire Acting Director, 2012-2013
Michael Nachman Director, 2013 - present

To highlight their contributions as well as other MVZ faculty and influential people, we have compiled short biographies and a feature on the Museum Wives Group for many of the people that have been an important part of the Museum’s history.


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