Beth Levinthal, executive director of the Hofstra University Museum, was honored with the Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award by the Museum Association of New York (MANY) at its April 13 annual conference at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Ms. Levinthal was recognized for her strategic leadership of the Hofstra University Museum and her contributions to the museum field. MANY’s Award of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state’s museum community better and stronger.
The following statement about Ms. Levinthal was read at the ceremony:
Beth Levinthal has been involved in the museum field for nearly 30 years, where her intelligence, creativity, passion and dedication have benefitted not only the institutions where she has worked, but the museum field overall. She has transformed the Hofstra University Museum into a relevant, engaging and model institution, acknowledged locally and nationally. She serves on numerous museum and arts boards, underlining her commitment to advocate for and advance museums and their critical role in society. Beth is a nationally recognized museum leader. Her transformation of the Hofstra University Museum and work on behalf of the field is applauded. The fact that her staff nominated her is an excellent testimony to her appreciated leadership and character.
MANY is a non-profit organization that provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations, and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions.
The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.