North Little Rock’s Kathleen Lawson has been hired as the new director of the The Arkansas Discovery Network.

Lawson replaces Diane LaFollette, who now serves as executive director of the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs.

Lawson, who formerly worked for Pulaski County Youth Services, is married to North Little Rock native Brian Lawson and they have a daughter, Madelyn Kate.

The Arkansas Discovery Network is a unique six-museum partnership, for which the Museum of Discovery serves as the statewide hub. The other partners include: Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Texarkana Museums System, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro.

"The Arkansas Discovery Network is a critical resource in providing exhibits and professional development opportunities for the six museums that are partners in the Network," said Museum of Discovery CEO Kelley Bass. "Kathleen is the ideal choice as a director and will focus on helping the partners maximize the value the Network delivers. "

The Arkansas Discovery Network began in 2006 with funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Since then, its partnering museums have served more than 2 million Arkansans, together, through programs, a mobile museum, teacher workshops and free access scholarships.

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