Science Museum President Eric Jolly to be new head of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Eric Jolly
Eric Jolly

Eric Jolly will be the new president of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, the network of charitable foundations that includes The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation.

Jolly has been president of the Science Museum of Minnesota since 2004. He’ll start the new job in August.

He’l succeed Carleen Rhodes as head of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. She had announced last fall that she would step down. She became president of the Saint Paul Foundation in 2003, succeeding Paul Verret, who’d been its president for 28 years. The Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation aligned in 2007, and Rhodes became president and CEO of both; the organization adopted the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners name in 2011.

Announcing  Jolly’s selection from a slate of candidates, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners said his:

… range of experience in organizational and philanthropic leadership, as well as in education and community engagement, stood out among the candidates.

Dr. Jolly is also a champion for diversity, sharing the commitment outlined in our Strategic Framework to advance racial equity in Minnesota. 

Dr. Jolly has helped make science accessible to more people by transforming the Science Museum into one of the most innovative and financially healthy research and science museums in the country.

Jolly’s experience includes:

  • Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Assistant chancellor and director for Affirmative Action and Diversity at the University of Nebraska.
  • Vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts.

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