One Mass. Nonprofit Leader Steps Down, Another Returns

Ioannis Miaoulis
December 24, 2018 — The Museum of Science in Boston last week announced that Ioannis Miaoulis, its longtime president, will step down next month, while Jeff Chin returned to his post as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Miaoulis, who joined the Museum of Science in 2003, will leave Jan. 31, but serve as an advisor to the board as it seeks a permanent replacement.

Chief Operating Officer Wayne Bouchard will assume the role of interim president and director during the transition period.

“I realized that this is a natural time to step away and focus on the next phase of my career," said Miaoulis. I take pride in our many accomplishments to advance scientific and technological literacy around the world and look forward to new challenges. I have every confidence that the museum team will bring to life the ambitious and exciting vision we created together.”

During his tenure, Miaoulis established the National Center for Technological Literacy, directed the development of what the museum described as the world’s leading engineering pre-K - 12 curricula and worked with donors, foundations, and government agencies to raise more than $470 million to support essential programs, exhibits and initiatives.

Gwill York, chair of the board of trustees, said, “With a talented senior management team in place, we are in a strong position to implement the 10-year master plan, which includes a reimagined Blue Wing, new permanent and traveling exhibits, computer science curricula and the launch of a major capital campaign.”

The museum, founded in 1830, last year was the second most visited nonprofit museum in Massachusetts, attracting 1,381,490 visitors, down slightly from 2016, during which it attracted 1,397,642 visitors, the most of any nonprofit Massachusetts museum that year.

CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest Returns

Jeff Chin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest, based in Framingham and Worcester, recently returned from an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in connection with fulfilling duties with the U.S. Navy.

During his absence, Maurice Boisvert, president and CEO emeritus of Y.O.U. Inc., served as interim executive director.

"While my deployment was an intense and challenging experience, I am honored to have been able to serve in this way for our country and help multi-national efforts to secure freedom and security for all," Chin wrote in an email.

He added, "Big Brothers Big Sisters was fortunate to have so many superstars who went above and beyond during my absence these last eight months. Our mission continued and thrived due to the hard work of the entire staff, board of directors, and corps of volunteers."

Founded in 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest seeks to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.