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President's Bio

Tim Ritchie

President of The Tech Museum of Innovation




Tim Ritchie, a proven fundraiser credited with increasing museum attendance, installing new exhibits and introducing fresh community-driven education initiatives, served as president and CEO of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala., for seven years, before assuming the presidency at The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Prior to working at McWane, Tim served for six years as the President of Louisville Diversified Services, a non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky that runs businesses to provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. From 1988 to 1997, Tim practiced law as part of the firm now known as Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt.  He left his firm to serve as the program developer for an inner-city ministry, The Center for Urban Missions. He then worked for the James Rushton Foundation, helping it buy a block in inner-city Birmingham and develop it as a community garden. Tim’s other work experiences have included clerking for the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, clerking in a poverty law clinic in Mendenhall, Mississippi, and representing defendants on North Carolina’s death row.  

Tim received his B.A. from Davidson College, his J.D. from Duke Law School, and his M.P.A. from Harvard University. His wife, Christine, is a physician, practicing in the area of geriatrics and palliative care.