Beth Grindell, Ph.D., Former Arizona State Museum Director

February 4, 2016

Beth Grindell was appointed director of Arizona State Museum (ASM) on July 14, 2008. The museum's first female director, Beth came to the University of Arizona in 1986 to study for a graduate degree in anthropology and started work at ASM as a student, joining the staff permanently in 1993.

During her first several years at ASM, Beth served as coordinator of the AZSITE Project, a collaborative effort of several state and private agencies to develop a geographically referenced cultural resource database for the State of Arizona. The project seeks to further the management and preservation of Arizona’s rich cultural heritage by making cultural resource information easily available to all authorized land use planners, archaeologists, and preservation planners.

In 1998 she was awarded a Ph.D. following studies that included archaeological excavations in France, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan, as well as New York and Connecticut. Her current research interests include mortuary studies and 19th and 20th century American cemeteries.

Beth served as the museum’s associate director from 2003 to 2008. In that role, she led ASM’s involvement in the City of Tucson’s Rio Nuevo downtown re-development project, working with city and university officials to secure funding for the construction of a new public facility for ASM in downtown Tucson.

A 22-year resident of Tucson, Beth has taught archaeology in the University of Arizona’s Department of Anthropology and at Pima Community College. She is a volunteer court appointed special advocate in the Pima County Juvenile Court system and is a trained mediator. She shares with many other anthropologists a childhood background in the military that involved extensive travel and posts in Virginia, Texas, and California, as well as France, Peru, and Japan.

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Beth Grindell named first female director July 14, 2008 (UA News)