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Rebecca Kleinhample named interim executive director of the Virginia Living Museum

September 28, 2016

Rebecca Kleinhample has been named interim executive director of the Virginia Living Museum by the museum’s Board of Trustees.

Kleinhample, who has been the museum’s development director since July 2014, will assume the interim role on Dec. 1 following the departure of Executive Director Page Hayhurst. Hayhurst has accepted the position of President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

In making the announcement, VLM President Alonzo Bell said “Rebecca has been an exceptional leader of our fundraising efforts, especially in our current 50th Anniversary Future Ready Campaign for sustainability and science achievement. She has worked closely with the board and Campaign Committee over the last year to raise $4.36 million toward our $5 million goal. Her relationships and experience will help the museum in the transition as we search for a new permanent executive director.”

Kleinhample was the museum’s Assistant Development Director from 2005 to 2012 before serving as Development Officer for the Virginia Air and Space Center from 2012 to 2014.

She holds a BS in science/business from Penn State University and last year completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellog School of Business at Northwestern University. She is a native of Pennsylvania and lives in Hampton with her husband, Robert, and two daughters.

The museum’s Board of Trustees plans to appoint a search committee and consult an executive search professional in pursuit of a permanent Executive Director.

The Virginia Living Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit museum and regional education center that is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit


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