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Henry Ford Museum’s Patricia Mooradian ’82

The Henry Ford Museum president says TCU fine arts class sparked career in museum field.

Henry Ford Museum’s Patricia Mooradian ’82

The Henry Ford Museum president says TCU fine arts class sparked career in museum field.

Patricia Dougherty Mooradian ’82 didn’t realize it at the time, but her experiences at TCU were the perfect launching board for a career running The Henry Ford, one of the major history museum complexes in the world.

Many of the art classes she took while earning her BFA met in Fort Worth’s fine museums, familiarizing her with the museum environment. But her stint as advertising manager for the TCU Daily Skiff really made her realize her potential in business and marketing.

After college, Mooradian sold ads for radio stations and newspapers, then parlayed that experience into a key marketing position with Taubman Co., a commercial real estate developer.

In 2000, she joined what was then called The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.. as the vice president of programming and marketing. Now she’s the president of the 200-acre complex that attracts 1.5 million visitors a year to see its living history exhibits, which includes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and the Wright brothers’ bicycle shop; an IMAX museum; the Benson Ford Research Center; a charter school and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

At home, she cares for her two teenage children and enjoys her favorite hobby.
“I have a passion for photography, which I picked up at TCU,” she said.