The Kauffman Museum board of directors has appointed longtime employee Andi Schmidt Andres as museum director.

"I am honored and pleased to step into this new role," Andres said, "working with museum staff, board and volunteers to keep things lively, innovative and moving forward at Kauffman Museum."

Andres began working at the museum in 1993. She has held the positions of assistant to the director, education coordinator, curator of education, transitional operations manager and, most recently, acting director.

She had been serving as acting director since Jan. 28.

She was curator of education for nearly 19 years, initiating several programs: Uncle Carl’s Camp (summer day camps for children and youth); Celebrate Kansas Day!, a community festival marking the anniversary of Kansas statehood every January; and Bring Back the Buses, a campaign to fund public school field trips to the museum.

Andres’ job description has included working with all field trip programs, hosting Kauffman Museum bus tours, organizing and coordinating museum special events, and managing the museum store, student employees and museum volunteers.

She is also the current vice president of the Kansas Museums Association and will begin serving as president starting with the KMA annual meeting.

Andres graduated from Bethel College in 1984 with a degree in German, then continued at Bethel to complete a major in environmental studies with an education emphasis.

Prior to working at Kauffman Museum, Andres was employed for six years by the City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation department, where she supervised interpretive programs at Garden of the Gods Park, at North Cheyenne Cañon Park, and on the summit of Pikes Peak.

Kauffman Museum is located on the campus of Bethel College, at the corner of Main and 27th Streets in North Newton. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m,. Saturdays and Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays.