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From Magazines to Museums

The McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala., has just named Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Angelillo, of the Class of 1974, as its new president and CEO.

The center, a cornerstone of Birmingham’s downtown revitalization, is housed in what was previously Loveman’s department store. As its new leader, Tom will oversee the opening of the Birmingham Children’s Museum, a $5 million project to create a museum within a museum by renovating the second floor of the McWane center. It’s scheduled to open in 2013.

Tom is former president and CEO of magazine and book publisher Southern Progress, where he had spent 15 years as head of the company that produces the magazines Southern Living and Cooking Light, among others. He had helped launch Cottage Living and Coastal Living, two of the company’s most widely read titles.

Tom retired from Southern Progress in 2008. He told the Birmingham News that he planned to bring his business experience to the non-profit sector by joining the museum.