To the Williams Community:
As I announced earlier this summer, Tina Olsen has been named the new director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where she will start on Oct. 31. Tina served as the Class of 1956 Director at WCMA for the past five years, and the museum has transformed under her leadership. Tina’s imprint can be seen through the WALLS program, Object Lab, and innovative exhibitions like Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh, and Pink Art. The college will miss her creative energy and leadership.
The search for her replacement will be challenging, but it also comes with the opportunity to shape the future of one of our most intellectually vital and historically important institutions. I am pleased to announce that we have formed a search committee that is both deeply informed about the challenges and opportunities in hiring a new director and also representative of the many constituencies that interact and collaborate with our museum. We have gathered an exceptional group of faculty, students, staff, and alums to serve on the committee, and I am grateful for their willingness to contribute their time and energy to such an important task.
The search committee has already begun its work, and we will soon be reaching out to the campus community and beyond to ensure that there are opportunities for you to share your vision and priorities for the future of WCMA and the new director. We will be partnering with Russell Reynolds, a search firm that has been involved in numerous successful searches for directors of campus-based museums and other cultural institutions. We have also created a website where you can find updated information about the process and the position statement, as well as a simple way to provide input and candidate recommendations. I look forward to updating you on our progress in the coming months as we move closer to selecting the new director.
Provost and Professor of Economics