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Everson begins new director search

DHR International to seek potential candidates for downtown museum:

The Everson Museum of Art will launch a search for a new Director on February 1, 2008. Sandra Trop, who has led the institution since 1994, will continue to serve as Director until her successor is hired. A new Director is anticipated to be in place by June 1.

"This will be a national search," said Jack Rudnick, Everson Museum of Art Board President. "We're committed to identifying and recruiting the very best person for the job. The Everson Museum is a tremendous community resource and a unique institution. The new Director will have a solid foundation to build on and we expect a high level of interest in this opportunity among professionals in the museum field."

The Board has retained the Chicago-based firm DHR International to perform the search. DHR International is the country's fifth-largest search firm with 40 offices in North America in addition to a strong international presence.

"We were impressed by the fact that DHR International has a dedicated nonprofit practice that has placed chief executives at many of the country's leading nonprofit institutions," Rudnick said. "The Firm has an excellent reputation and we're confident they will be diligent and effective in representing the Museum to prospective candidates."

Richard Capozza, Vice President of the Everson's Board of Trustees and a Partner at Hiscock & Barclay, will chair the Search Committee.

"This will be a deliberate and thoughtful process," Capozza said. "Search Committee members will work closely with the DHR team throughout the search. "

"We have a lot of work to do before we start talking to candidates," Capozza added. "Part of our preparation will be engaging not just Trustees and staff but also members of the community in determining the leadership qualities that will enable the new Director to build on the work Sandra and the Board have done. As part of that process, DHR will meet with external stakeholders and constituents of the Museum to ensure the Search Committee has a comprehensive understanding of community needs and expectations."

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