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September 17, 2015

Detroit Museum Promotes From Within to Replace Longtime Head

The Detroit Institute of Arts announced the appointment Wednesday of Salvador Salort-Pons, the museum's executive director of collection strategies and information, as its new director, president, and CEO, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report.

A native of Spain and an authority on European art, he will take office October 15, replacing Graham Beal, who stepped down at the end of June after a 16-year tenure that saw the institution weather financial crises and Detroit's bankruptcy.

Mr. Salort-Pons joined the Detroit museum in 2008 after curatorial stints at the Meadows Museum in Dallas and the Memmo Foundation/Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. The hire was hailed in the region's arts and philanthropic communities, with observers praising the new director's mix of management and curating experience. Mr. Salort-Pons said fundraising would be his top priority as leader of the institute, which is aiming to raise $350 million for its endowment.