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ST. LOUIS - The Missouri History Museum has a new president, and she's the first woman to hold the position in the institution's history.

Frances Levine was approved to the post Tuesday morning at a meeting of the museum board and members of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District.

Levine, who holds a master's degree and a doctorate in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, previously served as director of the New Mexico History Museum.

Levine, 63, replaces Robert Archibald, who stepped down in 2012 after leading the museum for 24 years amid questions regarding his high compensation package and a controversial land deal between he and former city mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.