A New York City native with an Ivy League pedigree and decades of experience running museums has been named the new director of the Maine State Museum in Augusta. The chairman of the Maine State Museum Commission said in a statement Monday that 62-year-old Bernard Fishman has been named to succeed Joseph Phillips, who retired after 20 years overseeing Maine’s largest museum. Fishman was formerly the director of Rhode Island Historical Society. His start date is Aug. 20. Fishman tells the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/PTmLwD ) he wants to show the world “why Maine is such an important and distinctive place.” Fishman grew up in New York City and has degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has also worked at museums in Maryland, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.