James Walther - Bio

Jim Walther is the Director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A native of West Virginia, Walther is a 35-year veteran of the museum field and holds a BFA degree in visual arts from West Virginia University and has been director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History since moving to Albuquerque in 1996. Previous to moving to Albuquerque, Walther was Vice President of Programs and Exhibits at The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale FL, Florida's highest attended museum.

Walther held the position of Director of Exhibits at Cumberland Science Museum and Grassmere Wildlife Park in Nashville TN, before this beginning his work at Sunrise museums in Charleston WV. Walther is a former President of NAME, National Association for Museum Exhibition, and has served on the board and as a founding member of the organization for 25 years. Additional service to the museum community includes appointment to the National Program Committee in 1994 and the National Nominating Committee in 1995 of the American Association of Museums.

Walther is currently serving as Immediate Past Board Chair for Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a past President of the New Mexico Association of Museums, which represents 120 museums and 200 professionals in New Mexico and as Past President of Museum Cooperative Council of Albuquerque, which represents 19 area museums. Walther also served as the Chair of the Math, Science, & Technology Partnership School initiative with Albuquerque Public Schools. Walther is a past Chair of the City of Albuquerque Lodger's Tax Advisory Board.