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New State Museum Leader Set to Begin in January

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has chosen a Baton Rouge native to lead the Louisiana State Museum system as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Mark Tullos will begin the job Jan. 21, overseeing 11 museum sites around the state, including the Cabildo in New Orleans and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Dardenne's office announced the hiring Monday.

Tullos has worked as director of the Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette since 2005. Before that, he was the director of museums in Waco, Texas; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Alexandria, La.; Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Lufkin, Texas.

A spokeswoman for Dardenne says Tullos will be paid $115,000 a year — $107,000 of that from the state, with other supplements added by museum foundations.

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