Pennington resident named interim executive director of James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that Lynne A. Molnar has been named Acting Executive Director effective May 16, 2022.
“The Board unanimously selected Lynne Molnar, an experienced Acting Director with a proven track record of successful acting assignments in a variety of nonprofit organizations,” the Board Chair said. from Michener, Virginia W. Sigety. “Lynne knows the area well from her previous work with the Hepatitis B Foundation in Doylestown. She grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ and currently lives near Pennington, NJ. We were delighted to have her available to provide us with her leadership expertise as we continue to build on Michener’s strong artistic heritage and financial foundation to create an exciting vision for the future that includes laying the groundwork for the future success of a permanent executive director. .”
Molnar is the principal of Molnar Consulting and is a recognized leader in the field of executive transitions and leadership development. Molnar held twelve interim leadership positions and oversaw the placement of eighty interim and transition consultants in the New York and Boston areas. For more than 15 years, she has been active in the Executive Leadership Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, serving as co-chair twice. She has provided training and coaching to interim executive directors as well as workshops on succession planning and executive transitions. Molnar holds graduate degrees in business from Boston University and in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Molnar said, “I am honored to lead the Michener Art Museum as Interim Executive Director and thrilled to be moving to Doylestown. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, local businesses and the wider community to engage even more people in Michener’s exciting exhibits and programs.
Molnar was selected after a national and regional search. The search committee was co-chaired by Jim McKinney, vice chairman of the board, and trustee Whitney Chandor and included fellow trustees Alice Lawler and Virginia W. Sigety, as well as Laura Turner Igoe, chief curator. Marilyn Hoffman, executive search consultant, of Museum Search & Reference, a Boston metro-area recruiting firm, helped guide the search.
As Molnar takes over as interim CEO, she will play a key role in setting the Michener on the path to a reinvigorated vision, strengthening its leadership, and continuing its commitment to true representation of regional art, recognizing both the diversity of the population over the past two centuries and engaging the next generation of art lovers and patrons. The Board would like to thank Gary Ellis, Chief Financial Officer, as well as Laura Turner Igoe, Chief Curator, and Jason Kobilnyk, Director of Real Estate Operations, for their exceptional stewardship and continued leadership at this pivotal time in the history of the Museum. The Michener continues to enjoy increased media coverage and record attendance for the current Keith Haring: A Glowing Legacy exhibition, and eagerly awaits the opening of Walk this Way: Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Footwear in autumn.
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