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  • McKee retiring as CMoG president

  • Marie McKee, longtime president of the Corning Museum of Glass, will retire at the end of the year. Her retirement is triggering a reshuffling of the museum's top leadership positions, CMoG announced Thursday.
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  • Marie McKee, longtime president of the Corning Museum of Glass, will retire at the end of the year.
    Her retirement is triggering a reshuffling of the museum’s top leadership positions, CMoG announced Thursday.
    McKee will be succeeded by Karol Wight, currently CMoG’s executive director. Wight will serve as both president and executive director.
    McKee has served as the museum’s president for the past 16 years.
    She oversaw a $65 million project, finished in 2001, that renovated the main museum building, expanded the Rakow Research Library, expanded The Studio to add a “Make Your Own Glass” program for visitors, and created the popular Hot Glass Show.
    McKee has also been at the helm for the ongoing $64 million North Wing expansion which includes a 26,000-square-foot new contemporary glass gallery and a 500-seat theater for glassmaking demonstrations. The expansion will open in December.
    During McKee’s tenure, attendance at the museum grew from 220,000 to 420,000 visitors annually. The acquisitions budget has quadrupled, and several significant donations have been made to the museum, including the Heinemann family collection of glass art valued at more than $9 million.
    “When I became president, I envisioned building a museum whose programming and scholarship would make a significant local and global impact,” McKee said in a statement. “I’m proud of what we accomplished.”
    Wight became CMoG’s executive director in 2011, coming to Corning after 26 years at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
    The plan when she was hired was for her to eventually succeed McKee as president.
    Since she was hired, Wight has increased CMoG’s focus on science and technology exhibits and programs, as well as digital media, publications, and educational programs, museum officials said.
    Wight has also played a key role in the North Wing expansion, officials say.
    In a statement, Wight said she hoped to “further the museum’s role as a global leader in glass scholarship and education, and as a prime international cultural destination.”
    Two new positions will be added as part of the leadership shuffle.
    In September, Alan Eusden will become chief operating officer, leading the museum’s business operations with an emphasis on earned revenue and visitation. Eusden is currently chairman and president of Corning Display Technologies Taiwan, and has been with Corning Inc. since 1983.
    Also, CMoG will appoint a deputy director of collections and exhibitions in January.

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