The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture has appointed a new Executive Director. Wanda Q. Draper, currently the Director of Programming and Public Affairs at WBAL-TV 11, will assume her new role on Sept. 28, 2016.

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Wanda Q. Draper is the newly appointed executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. (Courtesy Photo)

Draper was selected as Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum following an extensive national search. She succeeds Dr. Askew “Skipp” Sanders who retired earlier this year.

“We feel that she has the right mix of leadership and management skills, community connections, museum knowledge and values that will help strengthen the capacity of the Reginald F. Museum,” said board chair Beverly Cooper. “The members of the board are looking forward to working with and supporting Wanda as she leads the museum into the future.”

As a native of Baltimore and a founding board member, Draper co-chaired the museum grand opening in 2005. She served for 10 years as co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee. The University of Maryland graduate has also held positions as Director of Community Affairs and Visitor Services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, a reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun, and a television panelist on the PBS program “Maryland NewsRap.”

“I am more than honored to take on the challenges of growing and sustaining this great treasure that is named after one of Baltimore’s finest native sons,” said Draper. “I am looking forward to taking the museum forward…I want to continue to celebrate our past, explore our present, and I definitely want to look at what we can do futuristically, specifically with technology and some of the things that are available in the museum. Particularly in terms of distance learning, and capturing some of our stories in the Maryland African American community so that they’re there for the future.”