Daniel J. Carey-Whalen has been selected as the new director of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
Carey-Whalen, a Kansas native, first came to UTEP in 2012 as an adjunct lecturer in museum studies in UTEP’s Department of Art. In 2015, he was promoted to coordinator of museum studies and public culture at the University.
Over the last four years, Carey-Whalen has taught three museum studies courses and managed the museum intern program.
“UTEP is a wonderful place to work,” Carey-Whalen said. “They have enabled and encouraged me to grow as a museum professional. I am so fortunate that my new position will allow me to continue working with students. I love UTEP students! Also, I am so excited to continue working with UTEP faculty.”
Carey-Whalen earned his bachelor’s degree in history and a double master’s degree in American studies and urban planning from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Prior to joining UTEP, he was the education coordinator at both the Kansas Museum of History and Galveston County Historical Museum.
He also served as the grants administrator for the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Carey-Whalen will start his new position Sept. 1.