July 25th, 2022
After nearly 40 years in the museum field and as Levine Museum embarks on its exciting new chapter, I have decided to retire at the end of the year. The time is right for me personally, and the time is right for the institution.
Serving as President and CEO of Levine Museum of the New South has been the capstone of a truly wonderful career. Levine Museum does what museums should, but so rarely do: It tells inclusive stories with unflinching honesty, uses those stories to convene community dialogue, and inspires us to use the lessons of the past to imagine – and build – a just and equitable future for all people. As the Museum now explores ways to tell those stories through new technologies within our walls and beyond them, it feels right to make way for younger, more digitally savvy leaders who can create a cultural organization for, by, and with the communities we serve.
Board members and I have been planning this transition for nearly a year, and the Board is poised to begin a national search with hopes of selecting the next CEO by year’s end. In the meantime, our talented, committed team and I will work together to ensure a seamless transition. And in October, we’ll open our new space at 401 S. Tryon St. with an exhibit you will not want to miss. Look for news about that soon.
Levine Museum of the New South succeeds because of the dedication of our staff and Board and your enduring support. I am personally grateful to each of you for welcoming me into this community, for helping me grow as a leader and as a person, and for supporting our work. It has been a privilege to serve this remarkable community through the unparalleled Levine Museum of the New South.
With deep gratitude,
President & CEO