Big changes at Taubman Museum of Art: Taubman and Fralin take over, Mickenberg steps down, museum admission now free
UPDATE 10/10: Read today’s follow up story, “Taubman says art museum won’t fail,” and let me know what you think in the comments.
UPDATE 10/9: Read today’s full story on the changes at the Tuabman, Founders take helm at struggling Taubman Museum of Art, and look for even more updates tomorrow.
Here’s today’s evolving news story on the Taubman Museum’s big announcement. Have any thoughts on what’s happening? Share them in the comments.
The Taubman Museum of Art’s biggest donors have taken over its board of directors, while the museum’s president is stepping down.
Former Advance Auto Parts President and CEO Nick Taubman – who along with his wife, Jenny Taubman, gave the largest single donation toward the museum’s construction – is the new board president. Heywood Fralin, chairman of Medical Facilities of America, is the new vice president. Through the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, Fralin has been responsible for providing the museum with the bulk of its American art collection.
Museum President and CEO David Mickenberg, hired in 2009 at a salary of $180,000 to lead the financially struggling museum, will stay through Nov. 8 to help the museum make its switch to new leadership. Mickenberg said he will remain in Roanoke, where he and his wife recently closed on a house.
In announcing the changes this morning, Nick Taubman said Advance Auto Parts has made a $150,000 donation that will allow the museum of offer free admission to all starting Tuesday.
And here’s something of special note: The new board consists mostly of the businessmen who floated the museum loans to help pay off its construction debt, whom the museum has been unable to repay. (Click here for more details on that arrangement.)