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Newark Museum Hires Steven Kern as New Director

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After a six-month search, the Newark Museum has named Steven Kern as its new director and chief executive officer. Kern comes from the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York where he has been the executive director since 2008. He will assume his role in February.

Under Kern’s guidance, the Everson, the first museum designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, increased its community engagement while upping its collaborations with Syracuse University as well as historical associations and state arts organizations. All of these things appealed to the board’s search committee, which, according to the board president Andrew Richards, was looking for an executive with curatorial chops as well as a track record of “creative programmatic experience and broad-based community involvement — all hallmarks of the Newark Museum.”

“The Board is impressed with Steven’s team-building management style and successful strategic planning experience, which is a perfect fit for our institution at this time,” said board chair Arlene Lieberman in a statement. “He has developed an outstanding record in fundraising and cultivation of creative collaborative relationships with other cultural and community institutions with a special focus on inclusiveness. We look forward to working with him.”

The Newark Museum’s new director also has a knack for spotting cat-and-art-related internet posts, judging by his Facebook page, a hint of social-media savvy that will surely serve him well in his new position. And while he currently has six times as many Twitter followers as those he follows, he could, however, stand to up his followers, which are currently at 610. Perhaps a selfie or two wouldn’t hurt.

Kern succeeds Mary Sue Sweeney Price, the former director and CEO, who had been with the museum for 40 years when she retired in May, and is hailed for raising the museum’s profile nationally.

Congratulations to Kern.

— Rozalia Jovanovic (@Ruschka)

(Photo: courtesy of the Newark Museum)

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