David Mickenberg, president and CEO of The Allentown Art Museum for nearly seven years, has resigned. The nonprofit museum’s board of directors hired Diane Scott, former superintendent of the Allentown School District, as interim executive director.
Mickenberg left to pursue other options, said Chris Potash, manager of marketing and public relations for the museum. He declined to provide further details.
Mickenberg has served as the president and CEO since October, 2013.
Although he could not confirm the salary for the position of the new president and CEO, Mickenberg’s salary was nearly $176,000.
The museum board will determine the salary of the new president and CEO, he said.
Potash said the search for the new person will start right away, with a candidate chosen within six months.
Scott is a past board member and helped the Allentown Symphony Association as the interim executive director on three occasions, said Michelle Stringer, chairperson of the museum’s board of directors, in a statement. Her service there makes her a knowledgeable and experienced leader to ensure the stable operation of the museum during the recruiting process and transition, Stringer said.
The board will conduct a national search for an executive director who can provide a balance of leadership, management, fundraising and other capabilities.