Dayne Rugh named new director of Slater Memorial Museum

Dayne Rugh has been named the new director of Slater Memorial Museum on the campus of Norwich Free Academy.  

Rugh has held the title of interim director since March.

“Dayne is the right person to lead Slater Memorial Museum,” said NFA Head of School Dr. Brian M. Kelly. “During this time of transition, Dayne has shown great leadership and a cooperative spirit. He has a vision for what this museum is – and can be, and I am excited for him to take the helm.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” said Rugh, who before being named interim director served as the Museum’s director of education since 2017. “This Museum has so many incredible stories to tell, both to our students and the public. I look forward to working with our team to create new and engaging ways to tell those stories. We have a great deal of work to do, and I’m ready to get started.”

Rugh’s first challenge is to manage the Museum’s collections during the largest renovation in history. A complete roof restoration, at the cost of $1.5 million, is slated to begin later this year. The Museum will close January 1 for the duration of the restoration, which is expected to take eight to 10 months. During that time, Rugh and his team will focus on protecting the collection, bringing lessons into the classroom and providing other ways for the public to stay connected with the Museum.

Prior to his arrival at Slater, Rugh spent six years at Mystic Seaport Museum where he worked as a collections specialist, educator, interpreter and member relations specialist.

Rugh also heads the Society of the Founders of Norwich, a non-profit group that operates the Leffingwell House Museum.

Rugh holds a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut.