Biography: Marie McKee

Marie McKee
Marie McKee

Marie McKee served as president of The Corning Museum of Glass from 1998 to 2014. 

Building on the outstanding scholarship of the institution, McKee focused on creating programming and facilities that provide a rich and vibrant museum experience for visitors from around the world. In addition, she helped build the Museum into a strong cultural and educational center for the local community.

In 2001, under McKee’s leadership, the Museum completed a $65 million capital reconstruction project which included the renovation of the Museum’s Rakow Research Library, an expansion of its Studio to include a Make Your Own Glass experience for visitors, creation of the Hot Glass Show and a renovation of the main Museum building.

Under her direction, Museum staff have exceeded nearly all fiscal and operational goals, Museum attendance has doubled, average visit time has increased from 2 to 4.5 hours, and glassmaking demonstrations have expanded internationally through the development of a mobile Hot Glass Roadshow and the glassmaking at sea program sponsored by Celebrity Cruises.

McKee holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and an M.B.A. Certificate in Management Development from Simmons College. She joined Corning Incorporated in 1979 in Human Resources, and became the senior vice president of Human Resources in 1996. In 1998, McKee was named the president of Steuben Glass, a position she held in addition to serving as president of the Museum, until Corning’s sale of Steuben Glass in 2008.

McKee also serves on the boards of trustees for The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning Foundation, The Rockwell Museum, and The National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a director of Duke Energy Corporation.