December 1, 2015 – Russell Reynolds Associates has recruited John Stomberg as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. His appointment comes more than seven months after Hood director Michael Taylor abruptly left saying he was pursuing new career opportunities.
The search committee was comprised of 12 representatives from many diverse areas around Dartmouth. Russell Reynolds Associates worked with the committee in identifying candidates from a large pool.
Mr. Stomberg, who specializes in American and European modernist art, has been director of the teaching museum at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts since 2011. His previous positions include serving as the deputy director and chief curator at the Williams College Museum of Art and director of the Boston University Art Gallery.
“John Stomberg clearly has a passion for the teaching role of the museum, for working with students and faculty beyond the art department,” said Horrell, Dartmouth’s dean of libraries and librarian of the college. “He has demonstrated a commitment to developing relationships across campus and in the community.”
The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum. Its mission is to create a learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art. Dartmouth College has been collecting art objects since 1772, just three years after its founding, and there are about 65,000 pieces now in the Hood Museum’s care. These collections are among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country.
Museums continue to turn to executive search firms to fill senior leadership roles. Just recently, 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. In July, executive recruiters Search Solution Group placed Gary Blankemeyer as CFO of the Mint Museum.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media