Handy will begin the new position on Oct. 5. He most recently served as the President of Georgia Aquarium Foundation, having served as Georgia Aquarium’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2017. He brings a strong history of leadership along with more than 20 years of experience in cultural institutions.
Handy was born and raised in New York, where he graduated with honors from The College of New Rochelle with a Liberal Arts Degree and a concentration in Political Science. He later went on to earn his Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University. While in New York, Handy spent nine years at the American Museum of Natural History and helped launch the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Anticipating his new position as President, Handy said, “I am excited and thrilled to be a part of such an amazing organization. The work that has been accomplished over the years has set a strong foundation. I am honored to work with a team that will continue to build on that foundation to make us even stronger. I look forward to getting to know all of you and doing the work that will benefit our community for generations to come.”
Bruce Thompson, NBMBAA® Interim President & CEO, will remain with the Association in a consultancy role through the end of the year working on growth and technology initiatives. We extend a special thank you to Bruce for being an agent of change and leading the Association through a tumultuous 2020.