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We are happy to announce the completion of the following searches. Please join us in congratulating the new hires and their organizations:

Columbia Museum of Art
Executive Director
Columbia, South Carolina

The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) Board of Trustees has appointed Della Watkins as the next Executive Director, beginning Oct. 1, 2017. Della arrives at CMA from her position as Director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Previously, Della held successively more responsible positions in museum education over 16 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
“One of Della’s greatest strengths is her engagement in the community,” said CMA Search Committee Chair Earl Ellis. “The Columbia Museum of Art is a community asset, and we were seeking a proven leader who had demonstrated strengths in community engagement.”
Opportunity Resources is pleased to bring Della to CMA to succeed Karen Brosius, whom we placed 12 years ago and whose tenure was marked by the transformation of CMA into an award-winning, vibrant institution and a jewel in the cultural life of Columbia and the State of South Carolina.

Corning Museum of Glass
Curator of European Glass
Corning, New York

The search for Curator of European Glass at Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York has been completed with the arrival of Dr. Christopher Maxwell in October, 2016. Christopher has extensive experience with the Royal Collection in the UK and the reinterpretation of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ceramics galleries, with a particular focus on French porcelain. Christopher’s  PhD is from the University of Glasgow.

Currier Museum of Art
President & CEO
Manchester, New Hampshire

Alan Chong arrives as the new Director and CEO of the Currier Museum of Art in September, 2016. Alan succeeds Susan Strickler, also an ORI placement, who retired after a remarkable 20-year tenure.

Alan comes to the Currier after 6 years as Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Previously, Alan was the Lia and William Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum. Raised in Hawaii, Chong earned a doctorate in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Yale University. His areas of specialization include cross-cultural art and 17th-century Dutch art.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
President & CEO
Fishers, Indiana

The board of directors of Conner Prairie, one of the most visited outdoor museums in the US with an outstanding reputation for innovation in the fields of science, history, art, and nature, has selected Norman O. Burns II as president and CEO. Norman arrived in January 2016 from his position as Executive Director of Maymont in Richmond, VA. Norman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.

Corning Museum of Glass
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Glass
Corning, NY

Susie Silbert has been selected by the Corning Museum of Glass as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass. Silbert holds a master’s degree in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from Bard Graduate Center, and a BFA, concentrating in glass, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An independent curator, writer and historian, Silbert has held a curatorial fellowship at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, worked on projects for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the New-York Historical Society among other organizations, and interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Silbert joined the Corning Museum in April, 2016.

International Print Center New York
New York, New York

International Print Center New York’s Board of Trustees has appointed Judy Hecker as the next Director, succeeding founding Director Anne Coffin. Judy comes to IPCNY from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she is Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints and has served since 1997, organizing numerous innovative projects. Her tenure at IPCNY began in February, 2016. Judy received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Wellesley College.