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Wetenhall stepping down as Carnegie Museums head

Associated Press Published: October 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A historian who previously headed two museums in Florida is leaving his job as president and chief executive officer of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh at year's end.

John Wetenhall was hired as the ninth president of the 116-year-old museums group in January 2011. The system consists of four museums, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Science Center and The Warhol.

Wetenhall leaves as the museum system has completed a five-year strategic plan begun by his predecessor, David Hillenbrand, to better market the museums as a group and expand their outreach through traveling exhibits and research initiatives.

Wetenhall headed The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. and was interim director of the Miami Art Museum before coming to Pittsburgh. He hopes to resume directing or advising art museums.