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College to Launch Search for Next Palmer Museum Director

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In the coming weeks, the College of Arts and Architecture will launch a national search for the next director of the Palmer Museum of Art, to take over when Jan Muhlert retires at the end of 2016.

Dean Barbara Korner asked Andy Schulz, associate dean for research, to chair the search committee because of his extensive experience working with academic museums of art. “Andy has worked with academic museums of art throughout his career, at three different institutions, and will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this task,” noted Korner.

Members of the search committee include faculty Steve Carpenter (Art Education), Bonnie Collura (Visual Arts), and Sarah Rich (Art History); Don Lenze, director of development; Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator; John Driscoll (’74 M.A., ’85 Ph.D. Art History) and Sally Kalin, both members of the Palmer Museum of Art Advisory Board; Claire Milner, director of exhibits and curator, Penn State Matson Museum of Anthropology; and Christen Sperry-Garcia, Ph.D. candidate in art education.

Diane Frankel, an associate with Management Consultants for the Arts (MCA), has been retained to assist with the identification and vetting of candidates. “Diane Frankel is a leader in the field of executive leadership in academic museums,” stated Schulz. “I am confident she will be an important partner in helping us identify outstanding candidates, and ultimately the right person, to fill this important position.”

Frankel will be on campus on Sept. 13–14 to tour the Palmer and to meet with Palmer staff, as well as with the search committee, unit heads from the School of Visual Arts and the Department of Art History, college leadership, members of the Palmer Advisory Board, President Barron, and others.

The search committee welcomes any comments related to the search via email at CAA-Searches@psu.edu.