Mayor Pam Iorio hopes to have an interim museum director on board as soon as practicable. It would be someone who could stay for about a year and would not be interested in the permanent job.
She believes that the permanent director, who will be hired by TMA’s board of trustees, need not be a traditional art history sort but someone with a proven fund-raising track record who can move as “a peer” among the community’s CEOs and presidents.
As to her role in the controversial saga that ultimately became the unsuccessful effort to get guaranteed financing for the Rafael Vinoly-designed new museum, the mayor was blunt.
“Bells started going off early on that this project wasn’t as carefully planned as it should be,” she recalled. “There was no clear handle on operational costs. There was a lack of a strong foundation