Najjar named new museum executive
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Mar 31, 2013 | 1302 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Museum Center at Five Points board of trustees announce the appointment of Hassan Najjar as executive director.

Najjar comes to the Museum Center with years of museum experience, most recently at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga.

“Hassan’s experience working with the Hunter Museum and his obvious passion for the Museum Center at Five Points are tremendous assets as the Museum Center moves to accomplish our long-term goal ... to be an even greater presence in our community,” says Franklin Chancey, board president.

“We are certain his leadership will be a tremendous asset to the Museum Center and to our community.”

Najjar received a bachelor of arts degree from Winthrop University and a postgraduate diploma in interpretive studies from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

He has completed many professional development workshops including the Jekyll Island Museum Institute and the Teaching Institute in Museum Education at the Art Institute in Chicago.

He has been actively involved in the community. He served on the executive committee for Mark Making in Chattanooga and also serves on the board of the education committee for the American Alliance of Museums.

“I am honored to be chosen to guide the Museum Center at Five Points into a new era of growth and development,” said Najjar.

“I look forward to working with the museum’s excellent staff and volunteers and to expand our partnerships within the community.”

In his spare time, Najjar enjoys working with wood and designs and creates a variety of items, from custom furniture pieces to cutting boards and bowls. He also enjoys golf and being outdoors in general.

Najjar and his wife, Alysia, currently reside in Chattanooga, but they hope to make Cleveland their home in the very near future. Alysia is the education assistant at WTCI television.

The Museum Center at Five Points opened to the public in September 1999. It serves as a museum and cultural center which houses exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the Ocoee Region.

In addition to the permanent exhibit, River of Time, there are several changing exhibits each year as well as an onsite gallery that sells arts and crafts made within a 200-mile-radius of Cleveland. Over 24,000 people pass through its doors each year.

A board statement said, “When a pebble is thrown into a stream, its impact creates a series of ripples that broaden and reach across the water, and for the downtown Five Points area, the Museum Center was the catalyst that began restoration and growth. The Museum Center at Five Points is proud of its impact and accomplishments in the community, especially the downtown area, and it is honored to be able to add to the quality of life in Cleveland and Bradley County.”