CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place named Tifferney White, former President & CEO of the Las Vegas Discovery Children’s Museum, to the new role of chief learning officer.
White will set the educational direction of Discovery Place, including its four museums, community outreach program and teacher training center.
“Her experience in museum leadership, passion for education and commitment to community impact is exactly what we need as we embrace our community’s biggest challenges and work to envision the future of Discovery Place,” President & CEO Catherine Wilson Horne said.
White started her museum career at Discovery Place as the first Science Club specialist in 1994. She served as community outreach director from 1997 to 2007.
While she planned to become a doctor after college, White applied to Discovery Place to practice her interviewing skills. She received the job offer and was out in the community helping youth who didn’t have the opportunity to visit a science museum become more connected to STEM.
“I knew this was what I needed to be doing,” White said. “When I went out to a program I thought, ‘what if this child is supposed to touch this snake to become a veterinarian? What if I am meant to give these students their first curious moment that sparks their entire future?’
After 13 years with Discovery Place, White left in 2007 for the opportunity to serve as the director of programs and education at the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas. She later became CEO.
“Since coming back to Discovery Place, I can see that this organization has made major strides in our community. Everyone has a story of how Discovery Place changed their life,” White said. “I want to continue growing those stories by looking at all of the talent and resources in our organization and leveraging them to make a bigger, deeper impact on our community.”