Sandra Smith, director of Villa Finale, a National Trust Historic Site in Texas, has recently been appointed the Director of Education and Visitor Services at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This senior management position provides oversight of all public and community programming, the museum shop and café, and the site’s facility rentals at the six-floor, 275,000 square foot museum and research facility.
Smith provided important leadership as the first director of Villa Finale, culminating last fall in the public opening of the site. Over the past five years, she assembled an exemplary staff, oversaw many extensive construction projects, developed the visitor experience, and opened the visitor center. Michael Anderson, Development and Marketing Manager, will serve as the Acting Director while the National Trust begins the search for a new Director.
Sandra’s last day at Villa Finale will be August 18, and she will begin at The History Center after Labor Day. Please join us in offering our heartiest congratulations on her new appointment. — Max van Balgooy, Director of Interpretation and Education at the National Trust for Historic Preservation