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Met Museum Names New Chairman

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it had elected real estate developer Daniel Brodsky to be the new chairman of the Met's 40-member board.

Brodsky will replace James Houghton, who held the post for 13 years. Houghton gave official word of his retirement to the Board on March 8, at which point the trustees named a committee to find a replacement. After researching potential successors, the committee identified Brodsky as a candidate, and the board confirmed this choice during a vote at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting of trustees.

Brodsky, 66, has been involved with the Met since 1984, when he joined its Real Estate Council. Since then, he has assumed a number of leadership positions at the institution, including co-chair of the Real Estate Council, vice chairman of the Finance Committee and the Buildings Committee, and chairman of two special Trustee committees.

His appointment to the board was welcomed by Thomas P. Campbell, the Metropolitan’s Director and CEO, who cited Brodsky’s “blend of vision and patience — his experience in both the worlds of business and culture” as characteristics that made him "the ideal Chairman to help ensure the long-term strength of the museum.”

Brodsky, likewise, welcomed his appointment as chairman.

“I pledge my full commitment to supporting the Metropolitan’s unparalleled, unbroken record of accomplishment and service in fulfillment of its historic mission,” Brodsky said.

In addition to his involvement in the Met, Brodsky is a trustee of the New York City Ballet and New York University and is on the city's Department of Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

Brodsky will succeed Houghton in September.

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