Letters: Museum CEO lacks museum experience

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Regarding Colette Pierce Burnette’s appointment to president and CEO of Newfields, I say congratulations to her [“I really wanted this job,” Oct. 7].

I also ask the Newfields board of directors what their thought process was in this choice. Her leadership experience includes seven years at a small university (1,200 students and less than 100 faculty). She has no experience with museums or art or gardens or membership organizations.

Of the many issues she will have to deal with, one is the docent program which guided schoolchildren (mostly minority) through the museum. It has been suspended, and the docents (many well-trained art aficionados) have in essence been dismissed.

I say good luck but that is a very steep learning curve.

–Al Hall

Editor’s note: IBJ asked a Newfields spokeswoman about the docent program. She said it was “paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Newfields is currently in the process of resuming the program in the coming months with a refreshed vision and mission.”

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