Buffalo, NY – WNY STEM Hub, a regional nonprofit offering one-of-a-kind STEM learning experiences, announced today after a four-month intensive search, the selection of Herbert Schmidt as its new executive director. Herbert Schmidt follows the retirement of Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, who guided the organization for more than 5 years. WNY STEM Hub selected Herb after an extensive regional search lead by a team of current board members.
Under Superintendent Kavanaugh’s dedicated leadership, the WNY STEM Hub built on its strengths, developed new relationships and fortified its core partnerships and supporters. WNY STEM Hub anticipates that Herb will leverage these achievements to help the organization grow its events and activities to increase the number of students interested in STEM learning and future STEM careers.
“We are very excited to have Herb taking on the role of executive director of the WNY STEM Hub,” said Robin L. Wolfgang, Board President of WNY STEM Hub. “Herb brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, creativity and proven leadership in developing community partnerships to grow an organization. His extensive experience in education and environmental science along with his non-profit management knowledge impressed the Board of Directors. We expect that Herb will not only continue the WNY STEM Hub’s excellent programs but will work with our partners and funders to help expand the STEM opportunities for students across the region.”
Herb Schmidt joins WNY STEM Hub after nearly 20 years in the nonprofit field. Most recently, Herb served for five years as the Executive Director of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, which is a History Museum and 35-acre Historic Village with eleven historic buildings, 10 major exhibits and a collection of over 40,000 artifacts. Herb lead a team to transition a government department into a full-fledged nonprofit, 501c3 museum, educational farmstead, and 35-acre historic village. Prior roles include working as a Senior Event Coordinator with the Ride for Roswell and as Environmental Educator with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Herb also worked as a Finance and Marketing Director for the Boy Scouts of America in Buffalo.
“This new role brings me back to the days of playing with Grandpa Alex who was an electrician on the railroad. Little did I know that what I thought was playtime was really learning basic electrician skills by wiring circuits to illuminate light bulbs or to make a bell ring. Experiences like these are what kids need to find an interest in STEM. I am very excited to bring this sense of wonder to other children, “said Herb Schmidt, Executive Director.
The mission of the WNY STEM Hub is to mobilize schools and stakeholders to develop, nurture and maximize interest in STEM learning and careers, through hands-on, one-of-a-kind experiences. Its most renowned events include Hand-in-Hand, Girls Coding, Coding Your Future, Schools on the Move and the Take Flight Space Experiments Program. The organization just celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2018.
Herb Schmidt started his role of Executive Director on January 2, 2019.