Museum of the Southwest


Museum of the Southwest

Midland, TX


Daniel Eck appointed Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Eck will be the new Executive Director at the Museum of the Southwest (MSW) in Midland, TX. Dan will begin his new position on June 18, 2018. Dan joins the MSW from the Sarasota Museum of Art where he is the Deputy Director of Operations. Dan Keegan and Marilyn Hoffman of Museum Search & Reference ran the search for this position at the MSW.

Board of Trustees President Lori Wesley stated, "After a nationwide search, we are delighted to have selected as our next Executive Director, Dan Eck, an experienced museum leader and former college president. Dan brings a broad range of experience from three museums, including the Sarasota Museum of Art in Florida, the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Dan also has nine years' experience at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, including four years as president of the university. He brings significant museum and non-profit management, leadership, and fundraising experience to the Museum, along with his track record as a champion of education, and arts and science curricula." 

She continued, "Dan brings a unique blend of experience that will be critical to the Museum's plans for continued major renovations to the Children's Museum and the Planetarium, program development, community engagement, and multi-discipline education. He is an active community leader having served on many boards including Sheboygan's Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, and Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan County. His commitment to learning and the disciplines of art, science, history and education are a perfect match for the Museum's plans for the future."

"I am deeply honored to be the next Executive Director of the Museum of the Southwest," Eck said. "It is a terrific museum with a unique multi-discipline mission that serves broad community interests and needs. My wife, Christine, and I look forward to becoming part of the Midland community." 

Eck holds a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law, a B. A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from Beloit College, and additional coursework from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Many people helped with this search as nominators, references or candidates, and Dan Keegan and Marilyn are grateful to each of them.