NEW BRITAIN - After just over seven years as director of the New Britain Industrial Museum, Karen Hudkins is leaving for a new job at an old employer - the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Hudkins announced Friday that she will be leaving in December to join the finance department of the art museum.
“New Britain has an amazing history and legacy and it has been a privilege to develop and present the story of the Hardware City of the World,” said Hudkins. “I’ve met and worked with so many great people, and have learned so much, and I am grateful to the board for the opportunity to work for the NBIM and to the museum’s volunteers, members, donors and partners for making it all possible.”
During her tenure, Hudkins has led the museum through two moves in the past two years. Its latest move, from Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development building to 59 W. Main St. has the museum at street level for the first time.
She has also led the museum through its current Strategic Mapping Plan, and the STEPS professional enhancement competitive program, which was awarded to the museum for its improvements at all levels.
Over the past seven years, visits and donations have increased.
Also during her tenure, the museum has become a consistent participant in external programs, many of which have been presented by New Britain resident Jimmy Golon in his “Historical New Britain” slide shows at the New Britain Public Library.
Recently, Hudkins was featured in Stanley Black & Decker’s documentary in celebration of its 175th anniversary.
The museum will celebrate a grand opening for the public at its new location on Saturday, Dec. 2.
“The board and the entire organization is very sad to see Karen go, but we are happy for her in making a professional career move,” said Randall Judd, chairman of the board of the New Britain Industrial Museum.
He added, “The Industrial Museum owes Karen a great deal for bringing this city gem more exposure, professionalism and excellence.”
The New Britain Industrial Museum board is putting an interim plan in place during the transition period, and a search committee will identify potential applicants. Interested parties can contact the museum at 860-832-8654 or firstname.lastname@example.org.