Provost Teresa Sullivan announced on Tuesday the three co-directors to head the University of Michigan Museum of Art starting June 1.

Kathryn Huss, UMMA’s chief administrative officer, Raymond Silverman, director of the University’s Museum Studies Program and professor of History of Art and African and Afroamerican studies and Ruth Slavin, UMMA’s director of education are going to take the place of James Steward, the current museum director.

Steward, who served as UMMA’s director for 11 years, is leaving to be the art director of the Princeton University Art Museum. The newly appointed co-directors will serve as an interim leadership team until the University’s Board of Regents approves a new director.

Steward told the Daily in a January 29, 2009 article that it was a difficult decision for him to leave UMMA.

“I certainly have been involved in the museum expansion from the very beginning and in many ways my blood, sweat and tears are in it,” he said.

In a statement posted on UMMA’s website, Sullivan thanked the trio for accepting their new roles and said she was confident that the museum would be in “very capable hands”.

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