(Lander, Wyo.) – Riverton native John Woodward has put his name in hat for consideration as a candidate as a central director for the Fremont County Museum System.

Today Woodward was the first of four to be interviewed by the Museums Board. The 2003 Riverton High School graduate has bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and History from the University of Wyoming. He received his Masters in History from UW on 2010.

For the last two years, he has served as the director of the Dawson County Historical Museum in Lexington, Neb.

This afternoon Woodward met with members of the board, Fremont County Commissioner Stephanie Kessler and a couple members of the community for a meet and greet session.

He said he has a life-long love of history, and he enjoyed that as he dug into his family’s backstory he learned more about Wyoming in the process. He said he couldn’t pass up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do what he loves in Fremont County. “If I didn’t pursue it now, I would probably regret it, Woodward said.

Woodward said he is ready to do what needs to be done to make this new position work. In the past, each of the museums in Lander, Riverton and Dubois had their own directors. He recognizes that each museum needs to maintain its individual identity and programming, and his job will be a unifying role in the areas of budgets and communications.

When asked if there’s anything specifically he wants to pursue should he get the job, he said he’d like to see more programming. He said he sees museums’ chief role in the community to be an educational institution.

He also spoke to the small audience about his budgeting and managerial experience.

Acting Museums Board Chairman Jon Lane said three other candidates will be interviewed in December and January. Next week, Ryan Badger of Highland, Utah, will be at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander at 3 p.m. for a meet and greet. January sessions with other candidates have not yet been set. Lane said the earliest the board could offer the job to a candidate would be in February 2014.

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