VMT’s Bev Fitzpatrick to retire at end of 2017

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Bev T. Fitzpatrick Jr.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
ROANOKE, Va. – Virginia Museum of Transportation Executive Director Bev T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. will retire from his position at end of the calendar year after serving in the top spot for more than a decade, the Virginia Museum of Transportation announced on Friday.

During his tenure, the museum has been able to expand its paid staff, increases budgets, and has logged an increase in attendance. Fitzpatrick was also instrumental in the Fire Up 611! campaign to restore Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 to operation.

Fitzpatrick also led the museum through several capital projects, including major infrastructure upgrades to the museum, which lives in the former N&W freight depot built in 1918.

“I have loved this museum all my life and it’s amazing that this relationship started when the city manager appointed me to the board. But it’s time after what this great staff has accomplished for a newer, younger leader to take this museum to its next great achievement,” Fitzpatrick says. “I’m really looking forward to spending time with my wife and maybe even more time playing model trains and trucks.”

While Fitzpatrick will remain with the museum through the end of the year, the museum’s board of directors executive committee says it is already searching for his successor. In the meantime, Deputy Director Don Moser will lead the museum as interim executive director until a new person is named.

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