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Oklahoma City Museum of Art chooses new president

E. Michael Whittington, former executive director of the Monterey Museum of Art in California, will join the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on April 8.
From Staff Reports Published: February 17, 2013
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/articleid/3756366/1/pictures/1955937">Photo - E. Michael Whittington will join the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as its new president and chief executive  officer. Photo provided
E. Michael Whittington will join the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as its new president and chief executive officer. Photo provided

“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.


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