Discovery World Announces Staff Changes Due to COVID-19
Milwaukee, WI: Due to financial impacts caused from COVID-19, Discovery World announces staff reductions affecting 55 employees across multiple departments in order to maintain museum operations. Members of Discovery World’s leadership team have also taken salary reductions effective today to preserve future resources.
“This has been an extremely challenging decision and one that that was made in order to sustain Discovery World’s future in these uncertain times,” said Bryan Wunar, Discovery World President & CEO. “I am beyond thankful for the contributions each these individuals has made to Discovery World and their service to our mission.”
In addition to reductions in staff, members of Discovery World’s management will experience reduced compensation ranging from 3% to 10%, depending on salary grades. Wunar will also be taking a 15% wage reduction as a means of sharing the financial burden of the organization.
“For the past several months we have experienced the loss of revenue streams from admissions, membership, gift shop, parking, and events,” Wunar shared with Discovery World staff on Friday. “We have worked to reduce our expenses, while trying to retain our staff for as long as possible. In order to preserve finances and ensure we remain a viable organization, we have had to make decisions that will guide Discovery World’s future so we can safely and respectfully return to serving our community.”
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A native of Joliet, Illinois, Bryan has received multiple awards in STEM education, including being named one of the “Most influential People in STEM” by the National Afterschool Association.