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Air Force Museum Foundation gets new director

A new executive director has taken the helm at the Air Force Museum Foundation in the midst of a multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign for an expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Michael P. Imhoff, a former vice president at the energy company NiSource Inc. in Columbus, was appointed to the top job March 10, the Foundation announced Thursday.

Imhoff has worked in both the public and private sectors for more than 25 years. He was director of procurement and materials management at Dayton Power & Light Co., and was an acquisition and program management support manager at the Joint Logistics Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has also taught at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.

Imhoff was not available for an interview Thursday.

Air Force Museum Foundation chairman Richard V. Reynolds said Imhoff was selected because of his “extensive business experience, demonstrated leadership, business savvy, innovation and creativity, passion and energy.”

The non-profit Foundation gifted nearly $39.2 million to the museum to pay for a $35.4 million expansion to add a fourth hangar gallery, Reynolds said. The 224,000-square-foot addition, set to open in early 2016, will house galleries showcasing spacecraft, presidential jets, one-of-a-kind research and development aircraft, and globe-spanning cargo planes.

The Foundation continues to raise money for the $46 million project to pay for additional spaces, such as cafes and stores, among other options, Reynolds said.

Imhoff replaces Larry H. Cooper, a retired Air Force colonel who left the foundation for personal reasons in February, Reynolds said.

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