by Frank Lewis
Just one week after the Cleveland Museum of Art celebrated the Solstice and the opening of its new Rafael Vinoly-designed East Wing, executive director Timothy Rub has announced his resignation. Rub, who took the job in January 2006, and agreed to a pay cut as the museum’s endowment was hit hard (as endowments have been across the board this year) will take over as executive director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September, according to a press release from the Museum.
In Philadelphia he’ll replace the late Anne d’Harnoncourt, who died of a heart attack last year. He leaves the Cleveland museum at the halfway point of construction in its $350 million expansion. To date, the museum has raised $212 toward that campaign, about $80 million of which was raised during Rub’s brief tenure.
Rub leaves one major architectural project for another: the Philadelphia Museum of Art is in the midst of its own renovation and reorganization, under the architectural guidance of Frank Gehry.
“We are sorry to see Timothy go and wish him well,” said Alfred M. Rankin, Jr., president of the museum’s Board of Trustees in a press release issued by the Museum.
“Following Timothy’s departure in September, the museum will be well served by senior managers who are both experienced and resourceful. With their assistance and the implementation of a transition plan that we are already developing, I am confident that the museum will continue to operate smoothly and that its momentum, including our renovation and expansion project and capital campaign, will continue,” Rankin said.
The search for his successor will begin shortly. — Michael Gill