Search underway for new UMMA director

James Steward, director of the U-M Museum of Art, has announced that he will step down to assume the directorship of the Princeton University Art Museum after presiding over the much-anticipated reopening of the dramatically transformed UMMA in late March.

Provost Teresa Sullivan soon will name an interim director and chair a committee that will conduct a national search for a new director.

"Thanks to James' leadership, the museum is well positioned to take its place as a great cultural and teaching resource at the University, and as one of the country's finest university museums," Sullivan says. "It now has a facility that is at long last the equal of its collections."

The $41.9 million transformation has been supported by a just-completed fundraising campaign. The central administration also has made incremental, discretionary allocations of more than $597,000 in base funds and more than $15.1 million in one-time funds to support initiatives, added staffing, and costs related to the museum project.

A number of public events are scheduled to show off the 53,000-square-foot expansion and restoration of the historic museum that more than doubles the gallery space for the its unique collection of 19,000 works of art.

"The expanded Museum of Art will engage campus and community through a greatly expanded array of public programs and through its planned role as an ideal meeting place for a wide variety of disciplines," Sullivan says.