February 25, 2016 – Executive search firm Museum Search & Reference has placed Min Jung Kim as director at the New Britain Museum of American Art. She will be the sixth director of the 112 year old museum and succeeds Douglas Hyland who served the organization for the past 15 years.
Ms. Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in the art museum field. She previously served as deputy director for external relations of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum of Michigan State University in East Lansing, a new museum of contemporary art.
Before that, Ms. Kim was managing director for exhibitions and programming at Global Cultural Asset Management Group in New York. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York for more than 12 years.
“Min has the experience and credentials to bring to our very successful museum an even greater level of programming, exhibitions, and public engagement in our expanded facility,” said H. Todd Stitzer, museum board chairman. “She has the national and international contacts and experience to take the museum forward and make it more nationally and globally known.”
Museum Search & Reference is an executive search firm dedicated to filling senior roles solely for museums. The firm is led by Marilyn Hoffman, who has been placing professionals at museums and non-profits since 2004. She enjoyed a 26-year museum career, capped by 18 years as a museum director. The firm has recently placed directors for University of Nebraska State Museum, the University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum.
Museums continue to turn to executive search firms to fill their senior leadership roles. Here’s a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- Russell Reynolds Associates recruited John Stomberg as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College;
- Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, recruited Salvador Salort-Pons as director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts;
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media