George W. Bush Presidential Museum Appoints New Director, Celebrates Bush Center 10th Anniversary

Most recently, Teresa Lenling was CEO for the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a premier aerospace museum in Dallas. Previously she worked at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Teresa Lenling has been named as director of the George W. Bush Presidential Museum, a role in which she will drive all facets of the Bush Museum’s programs and lines of business, the George W. Bush Presidential Center announced.

She joins the organization as the George W. Bush Presidential Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary. The Bush Center opened its doors on May 1, 2013, and in the decade since, it’s welcomed more than 1,900,000 visitors from across the world.

Ken Hersh, the President and CEO of the Bush Center, is delighted to welcome Lenling to the museum. In a recent statement, Hersh expressed his confidence in Lenling’s vast knowledge and experience in museum leadership and operations. Hersh said her appointment will help the museum advance its goal of “being a place that promotes greater understanding of the American presidency and our Nation’s continued pursuit of freedom,”

With Lenling at the helm, Hersh believes that the museum’s impact will expand both locally and across the nation.

Most recently, Lenling was CEO for the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a premier aerospace museum in Dallas. While there, she worked to reenergize and modernize the community’s awareness of the museum.

Lenling also worked at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science from 2010 to 2020, where she rose from assistant director of education to vice president of school and community engagement. At the Perot Museum, Lenling led community engagement campaigns, including school and public programs, that brought thousands of visitors to the museum.

‘Bringing the U.S. presidency and American history to life’

“I’m honored to join the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” Lenling said in a statement. “Dallas has such a vibrant landscape of cultural institutions and museums, and the Bush Museum serves as a unique piece to that puzzle by bringing the U.S. presidency and American history to life. I’m excited to join my new colleagues in working to further the Bush Center’s nonpartisan mission.”

From 2020 to 2021, Lenling led Dallas-based nonprofit Hope Cottage,as CEO.

Before the Perot Museum, Lenling was programs manager and coordinator and later the director of public engagement for the science center of Iowa from 2003 to 2010.

The Bush Presidential Center said that under Lenling’s leadership, the museum will continue to showcase the values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion through a permanent exhibit that takes visitors through President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush’s time in office and a yearly special exhibit.

The Bush Presidential Center stated that under the leadership of former First Lady Laura Bush, the museum will continue to highlight the values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion through its permanent exhibit, which takes visitors on a journey through President and Mrs. Bush’s time in office, as well as through a yearly special exhibit.


The current special exhibit, Freedom Matters, is open through Dec. 31 and uses rare historical artifacts, interactive activities, and personal perspectives to examine the concept of freedom.

Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution that comprises the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies through policy solutions and public engagement.

The center also houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library, operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, which provides access to official documents and artifacts from the George W. Bush Administration.

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