The Museum Advisory Commission has existed since 1960 with this State mandate:

To formulate policies for the advancement of the mission, to make recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly concerning the Museum, and to assist in promoting and developing wider and more effective use of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences as an educational, scientific and historical exhibit.

Membership of the Advisory Commission comprises appointed and ex officio members:

  • Alton Absher, III
    Winston-Salem, NC
  • Scott Ainsworth
    Asheboro, NC
  • Martha Goldfinch Aldridge, AWMA, AIF
    (VICE CHAIR)
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Leslie Alexandre, DrPH
    Raleigh, NC
  • Powell Baggett
    Raleigh, NC
  • William L. Chameides, PhD
    Durham, NC
  • Hollins Clark, MD, MS
    Winston-Salem, NC
  • Ann Cobb
    Raleigh, NC
  • Frank Daniels
    Raleigh, NC
  • Robin Dills
    Rural Hall, NC
  • Margaret Duke
    Raleigh, NC
  • Allison Durham
    Williamston, NC
  • Tom Earnhardt
    Raleigh, NC
  • Greg Fishel
    Raleigh, NC
  • Matthew Horney
    Raleigh, NC
  • H. Kim Lyerly, MD
    Durham, NC
  • Theresa McCoy, MD
    Durham, NC
  • Robert McMahan, PhD
    Sylva, NC
  • Larry Band, PhD
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Dion A. Barrett
    Monroe, NC
  • Christopher Brown, PhD
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Anthony G. Calamai, PhD
    Boone, NC
  • Philip B. Carter, PhD (CHAIR)
    Raleigh, NC
  • Robert McMahan, PhD
    Sylva, NC
  • Rudolph Morton
    Knightdale, NC
  • Robert K. Peet, PhD
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Brenda Pollard
    Durham, NC
  • Gene Radcliffe
    Raleigh, NC
  • Judith Rizzo, EdD
    Durham, NC
  • Edward Samulski, PhD
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Andrew N. Shepard
    Wilmington, NC
  • Veronica Shingleton
    Raleigh, NC
  • Becky Westbrooks
    Chadbourn, NC
  • Phillip R. Westmoreland, PhD
    Raleigh, NC
  • Emmanuel Wilder
    Raleigh, NC

Current ex officio members:

  • John Evans
  • Representing Secretary, NC Environment and Natural Resources
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Emlyn Koster, PhD
  • Director, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rick Luettich, PhD
  • Director, NC Institute of Marine Sciences Morehead City, NC
  • Mallory Martin
  • Representing Director, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Kenneth B. Taylor, PhD
  • NC State Geologist
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Beverly Vance
  • Representing Superintendent, NC Public Instruction
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Kent Yelverton
  • Representing Commissioner, NC Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Raleigh, NC