America’s Biggest Art Museum Will be Run by a Former Hopkins Art History Professor

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Tuesday promoted interim director and former Hopkins Krieger School dean Daniel Weiss to the position of president and chief executive officer.

The most recent director, Thomas Campbell, announced his resignation in February amid news of financial problems at the museum. He will leave at the end of June.

Weiss was named president in 2015 and interim director after Campbell’s resignation. The latest appointment solidifies Weiss’s role as the top executive at The Met.

“The board couldn’t be more confident in Dan’s ability to take the Museum to even higher levels of excellence,” said Daniel Brodsky, chairman of the board of trustees, in a statement on Tuesday.

“He is a scholar of art history, he is a seasoned leader of complex institutions, and he is committed to the museum’s mission. His contributions as president of the Met during the past two years have been exemplary, both in supporting the museum’s vision and in establishing a sustainable path for our financial and managerial operations.”

Weiss holds a doctorate in Western Medieval and Byzantine art from the Johns Hopkins University and, after earning his Ph.D, taught art history on the Homewood campus during the 1990s and early 2000s. He later became the chairman of the department and ultimately the dean of the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

In 2005, he moved to Lafayette College, in Easton, Pa., where he was president and professor of art history. He also served as president of Haverford College for two years before joining The Met. The museum will now look for a new director, who will report to Weiss.

“Leading the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an extraordinary honor,” Weiss said in a statement after the June 13 trustees meeting. “Our museum’s collections and professional staff set the world standard for exhibitions, scholarship, preservation, education and public programming.”

Located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, The Met is the largest museum in the country by almost any measure and one of the largest in the world. It has an endowment of $2.5 billion and draws more than six million visitors a year. According to The Art Newspaper, it is one of the three busiest museums in the world, along with the Louvre and the British Museum.

News of Weiss’s appointment was well received by Baltimoreans who know him.

“The Met gets it right,” said Craig Hankin, director of Hopkins’ Center for Visual Arts, in a message on Facebook.

“Having worked with Dan at JHU and Lafayette, I know he’ll continue to flourish,” said architect Adam Gross.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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