July 31, 2017

Board of Trustees Announces Resignation of Executive Director Della Watkins

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Della Watkins News ThumbROANOKE, Va. (July 31, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art Board of Trustees announced today the resignation of Executive Director Della Watkins, effective Sept. 8, 2017.

“The Board is thankful to Della for her leadership, dedication and hard work,” said Leon Harris, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “She represents everything you’d want in a great leader, from savvy business acumen to a kind, caring management style. While we’ll certainly miss her at the helm, we’re fortunate to have a very strong leadership team who will see the Museum through to its next chapter.”

Watkins joined the Taubman Museum of Art in 2013. Under her leadership, the Museum earned reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums; completed build-out of the last remaining gallery space that now hosts major national traveling exhibitions; reclaimed financial stability through steady fundraising and aggressive budgeting; and forged new collegial partnerships in Roanoke and beyond to champion the region’s arts and culture community.

“It has been such an honor to serve the Board, staff and our community,” said Watkins. “I am so proud of the steady, positive growth we’ve seen over the past several years. While I’m looking forward to my next position as executive director for the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, a piece of my heart will always be in Roanoke.”

The Taubman Museum of Art Board of Trustees has started the recruitment process for the next executive director. In the interim, the Board has appointed Cindy Petersen, deputy director of education and visitor engagement, as the interim director to ensure continuity and a seamless transition.

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About the Taubman Museum of Art

The Taubman Museum of Art is an American art museum located in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Va. Designed by noted architect Randall Stout and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Taubman Museum of Art is home to a respected permanent collection and offers 15-20 annual exhibitions showcasing work by global, national and regional artists. Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Additional hours include every First Friday and Third Thursday when the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Free general daily admission is sponsored in part by American Electric Power Foundation and Haley Toyota. For additional event, exhibition and programming information,call 540.342.5760.

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