By Lynne Lynch
Communications & Marketing Specialist
MOSES LAKE – Dollie Boyd transitioned from managing an 1830s-era museum built of brick and wood in Greeneville, Tenn. to the modern Moses Lake Museum & Art Center constructed in 2011.
Boyd started work in Moses Lake earlier this month as the museum manager. Her most recent position was director of museums at Tusculum University. The Doak House Museum was the home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, the founder of Tusculum College. The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center’s age and design are a significant contrast.
“I love the facility,” Boyd said. “It is beautiful, modern, quite a change from where I was before.”
Now in Moses Lake, she is learning what needs to be done and what the museum’s potential is. She already has ideas. The museum and gift shop will be rearranged. For now, she is just learning the ropes.
Boyd is married to Mike Reed, a writer and graphic designer. They have two children together. Their oldest is son Max, 22, who, along with his girlfriend Molly, just became parents to baby Josephine, and a daughter, Rosalind, 17, who is “very thrilled” to move to Washington state, Boyd said.
“We’re really happy to be here,” Boyd commented. “We’re adventurous people. We’re very thrilled.”
Boyd has an undergraduate degree in theater and a master’s degree in museum management. Her professional background includes 11 years as a high school teacher. She mainly taught theatre arts along with a few years of speech and English.
She describes herself as a “handy, and crafty, the kind of person who likes to work with power tools.”
Boyd enjoys sewing, reading, swimming and traveling.
“I am happy to be here,” Boyd commented. “Looking forward to digging in and meeting people in the community. Very excited about the opportunity.”
Boyd’s supervisors and staff are equally excited to have her on board.
“We’re happy to welcome Dollie to the team,” Recreation Superintendent Susan Schwiesow said. “Her education, experience and skills make her a great fit.”
Parks & Recreation Director Spencer Grigg explains what set Boyd apart from the other applicants.
“I think her personality, enthusiasm, education and experience made the decision very easy for us,” Grigg commented.
Museum Curator Ann Schempp served as acting museum manager during the interim period. Schempp credits the entire museum staff for stepping up to help. She is now back to curating full-time.