Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Hires Cory Joyrich, New Senior Director of Advancement


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. - The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has appointed Cory Joyrich as its new senior director of advancement. In this role, Joyrich, who has extensive development and community engagement experience, will work to continue the organization’s growth by securing additional support for operations, endowment, capital projects, exhibits, programs, marketing, membership, and school scholarships.

 “Cory has the unique experience and expertise needed to help the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum realize its long-term strategic goals,” said executive director Mel Drumm. “We conducted a wide-ranging search to find the best candidate and are confident that Cory is the ideal person to build upon our successful fundraising and engagement efforts.”

Prior to joining the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Joyrich was a leading fundraiser at the Detroit Institute of Arts. His years at the DIA included significant internal and external strategic efforts to assist major museum efforts, including passage of the 2013 millage. In addition to the DIA, Joyrich held development positions at Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit, and the Detroit Zoo. He has also volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards and committees.

“The nonprofit world has always been a part of my world,” said Joyrich. “To work with a nationally-recognized, forward-thinking organization like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a real honor.  I am delighted to be selected and work with such an outstanding staff and devoted group of volunteers.”

Joyrich is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Lawrence Technological University, and a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Washington.

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a regional destination attracting over 250,000 visitors every year. It offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Visit or call 734.995.5439 for more information.


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