Executive Director and Chief Curator, Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College; AAMG Treasurer
Craig Hadley currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, where he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, programs, and expenditures for northwestern Michigan’s premier museum center. The museum features 20,000 square feet of permanent and rotating exhibition space, a children’s gallery, and one of the largest Inuit art collections in the United States. The center also programs a series of concerts, lectures, and performances in its 367 seat Milliken Auditorium.
Prior to the Dennos, Mr. Hadley held the position of Director and Curator with rank of Assistant Professor at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, for nearly eight years. He guided the program through first-time accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and created robust undergraduate teaching and research opportunities. He also regularly taught independent studies and capstone courses, introductory museum workshops, and reading topics in the program’s new museum studies minor.
In addition to his work at the Dennos and DePauw, Mr. Hadley has also held various curatorial, education, and collection roles at Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art and Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Indiana State Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Missouri History Museum. He is an active board member of the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries and serves as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also serves as an AAM accreditation site reviewer.
Mr. Hadley holds a master’s degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. He most recently completed an executive certificate in nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. His writing has appeared in The Museum Review, AAM’s Museum magazine, and on the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ website.