Published: March 1, 2017
NEW YORK CITY — Thomas P. Campbell, director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced on February 28 that he will resign effective June 30. Campbell has served as the institution’s director and CEO since January 1, 2009. He joined the Met in 1996 as curator and expert in the area of tapestries. Daniel Brodsky, chairman of the board of directors of the Met, announced a transition plan for the museum.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the Met’s accomplishments during my tenure as director and CEO,” said Campbell. “In close collaboration with the board, curators and the entire organization, the museum has evolved into a beacon of scholarship and understanding, not only for visitors to our New York sites, but globally through digital platforms, leadership exchanges and more. At a moment when art and culture have an especially profound role to play in fostering mutual understanding, I am especially proud that our visitor base is the largest and most diverse in the museum’s history. At the same time, we are on track to be financially stable and have a solid strategic path forward.”
Brodsky issued the following statement: “I and the entire board leadership are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the museum during Tom’s tenure: record audience growth; installation of several suites of beautiful new galleries; emergence as a worldwide digital leader; building a curatorial team without parallel; continuing a robust exhibitions and acquisitions program; and, of course, the expansion of the Met’s commitment to its Modern and contemporary program, most notably in the Met Breuer. Tom has led the Met in precisely the right direction during his tenure, and we look forward to continuing to make progress in the areas he and his team have led in the years ahead.”
Brodsky also announced that he has asked the Met’s president, Daniel H. Weiss, to serve as interim chief executive officer and to work with Campbell and curatorial and administrative leadership on a transition plan.
Appointed in 1996 as an assistant curator in the department of European sculpture and decorative arts and supervising curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, Campbell was a curator for 13 years, and organized two highly acclaimed tapestry exhibitions. He was appointed by the Met’s board of directors in fall 2008, succeeding Philippe de Montebello. During his tenure, overall museum attendance has grown by 40 percent to a record seven million across the Met’s three sites.
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