General Information

****July 1, 2020: With the continued spread and uncertainty of COVID-19, SEMC is currently evaluating the likelihood of holding the 2021 Jekyll Island Management Institute as an in-person gathering in January 2021. Please check back for updates throughout the month of July.****

The Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) seeks to provide affordable management training to museum professionals.  At JIMI, participants have the opportunity to learn current methods in the field and build networks with other museum professionals.  Faculty members provide subject area expertise and practical approaches to administrative challenges. Download a press release here.

Application Information
This annual Institute provides an eight-day, total immersion environment for professionals to learn more about general administration and operations. JIMI gives administrators the key resources to gain confidence in pursuing various museum roles and having a greater impact on their institutions.
JIMI offers opportunities for participants to learn management skills through presentations, small group discussions, projects and participatory exercises. Participants discover their management styles through self-tests and activities, group project assignments and presentations.

More information can be found in our brochure.

 The application process for JIMI 2021 is now open.

JIMI 2021 will be held Tuesday, January 19 through Tuesday, January 26. Tuition of $750 for SEMC members and members of other regional associations (must provide membership number), $825 for non-members, includes all materials, refreshment breaks, one pizza lunch, and the awards banquet.Rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn on Jekyll Island, GA. Single rooms will be approximately $129 (includes taxes and fees) per room, and suites are approximately $143 (includes taxes and fees)per suite. 

Peter La Paglia Scholarship Fund
Thanks to the generosity of friends and colleagues of the late Peter S. LaPaglia (co-founder of JIMI), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) and JIMI are pleased to offer a tuition scholarship. Click here for the JIMI 2020 Peter La Paglia Scholarship Fund Application.

Additional JIMI Scholarships
Other tuition scholarships may be offered if funds are available. To apply, submit a one-page letter of justification, including estimated expenses, the amount your institution can afford, and the amount of your scholarship request (up to the amount equal to SEMC tuition of $750). Include this letter with the JIMI application packet, and check the box for scholarships on the application checklist.  Please remember to indicate that you are applying for other scholarships in your cover letter as well.  Only one scholarship per person is permitted.

SEMC and JIMI gratefully thank the Arkansas Museums Association, the North Carolina Museums Council, the Mississippi Museums Association, and the South Carolina Federation of Museums for providing scholarship support for its members. In addition, the John and Cynthia Lancaster JIMI Scholarship provides funding for a museum professional from Tennessee, and the South Carolina Military Museum offers the Ewell G. "Buddy" Sturgis, Jr. Memorial Scholarship that also covers the cost of tuition for qualified candidates. We gratefully acknowledge support from Gaylord Brothers and Mary Miller for additional JIMI 2019 scholarships. Satilla Computer Solutions for sponsoring the cash bar at the awards banquet, and JIMI faculty George Bassi, Martha Battle Jackson, and John Lancaster for sponsoring the wine and cheese reception.

JIMI is an SEMC program sponsored by Goosepen Studio & Press, Inc., Jekyll Island Museum and Historic Preservation, and North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.  

Refund Policy
Tuition refunds will be issued only when a written cancellation is received in the SEMC Central Office via mail, fax, or email by 4 January 2021. A 25% cancellation fee will be deducted. Refund checks will be sent after 31 January 2021. After 4 January 2021 no refunds will be given. SEMC is not responsible for cancellations that were not received. Applicants may choose to delay participation for one year for a $100 fee; due upon the postponement.

JIMI Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider supporting SEMC's successful Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) now in its 20th year. This successful program has attracted applicants from all over the United States and its alumni have assumed key leadership positions in leading museums and organizations. Information on JIMI sponsorship can be found here 


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Zinnia Willits 
Executive Director
Southeastern Museums Conference
Phone: 404.814.2048
Fax: 404.814.203
(currently vacant)
Jekyll Island Management Institute