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CEO of long-delayed Pa. museum resigns

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2014 5:39 PM

BETHLEHEM - The embattled head of a long-delayed industrial museum at the former Bethlehem Steel site has resigned from his post, in the wake of a grand jury investigation accusing him of negligence and mismanagement.
Stephen Donches resigned Friday as the president and CEO of the long promised but never opened National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem.
However, he will remain at the museum as an employee at half of his former $180,000 annual salary.
A grand jury report released in January didn't find criminal wrongdoing but did find mismanagement and wasted private and public funds. The report also questioned why there's still no museum after 17 years and $18 million in fundraising.
The grand jury recommended that Donches should resign or be fired and the organization should consider suing him.

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