More about Barbara Brose


As Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Gaston County Museum, Barbara provided vision and leadership to transform the museum into an institution of regional significance and recognition.

She set new standards of relevance and high quality for exhibitions, public programming, scholarship, and community consultation while building the donor/member base and securing regional sponsorships and nationally competitive grants.

Under Barbara’s leadership GCM engaged in community consultation to increase minority and underserved audiences’ participation in museum planning, and programming. She also instituted formal community consultation and peer review for concept planning and development of the previously delayed Carolinas Textile Exhibit gallery.

Barbara and museum staff wrote grant applications that supported: preservation of the only intact (c.1852) hotel rooms in the museum’s historic building; installation of visitor amenities to facilitate handicapped/senior citizen access; child-friendly programs and informal learning activities; teen leadership roles; and innovative programming.

Written policies and procedures were developed under Barbara’s management to reflect best practices regarding collections, diversity, ethics, facilities use and revenue generation, finances, membership, exhibit planning, security, and volunteer participation. All were developed with an eye to future growth, and some with awareness that established custom might be at odds with national trends and standards.

Barbara provides clients with a seasoned perspective that responds to their needs. She discovers, describes and offers remedies to “blindspots” that impede success. She helps clients create organizational cultures that incorporate planned growth (even in an era of downsizing) and develops more effective teams, equipping them to embrace current challenges and fulfill their mission.

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