The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has appointed E. Michael Whittington as its new president and chief executive officer.
He will join the museum April 8, according to the museum's announcement.
“The search committee and board of trustees could not be more excited to bring Mr. Whittington's energy, expertise and knowledge to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art,” said Frank Merrick, chairman of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's board of trustees, in the news release. “We look forward to his assistance in expanding the scope and outreach of the museum.”
In addition to an extensive background in art history and museum management, Whittington demonstrates strength across both the strategic and operational dimensions of business, according to the release.
Since 2005, Whittington has served as the executive director of the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, Calif. While in Monterey, he launched a capital campaign to fund special exhibitions, grew museum attendance more than 100 percent and increased museum memberships and overall growth in support of the Monterey Museum of Art.
“I'm excited by the opportunity to work with the talented board and staff of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art,” said Whittington in the release. “While I'll certainly miss California, I'm honored to be a part of Oklahoma City's amazing growth.”
Whittington received a master's degree in art history from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a bachelor's of art in anthropology from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. He has served as a guest speaker for various organizations across the country and authored an assortment of papers.
He will succeed Glen Gentele, who left the Oklahoma City museum in April 2012 after three years as its president and CEO. Gentele recently was named the new director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.
At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Gentele succeeded longtime director Carolyn Hill, who retired at the end of 2008 and died in May 2010 at the age of 72.