Emily Rafferty, the first woman president of Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced Tuesday that she will retire in the spring after nearly 40 years with the New York institution, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Rafferty, 65, joined the Met in 1976 as an administrator in the development department and rose steadily through the rankings. In more than a decade as the museum's president, she oversaw major renovations, new digital efforts, and rising attendance fueled by blockbuster shows and a shift last year to opening seven days a week.
Her departure comes as the Met readies for another major revamp, of its modern-art wing. "Now that the museum is ready to embark upon a series of new initiatives and a related long-term capital campaign, I believe it should have administrative leadership from someone who is prepared to assume those responsibilities for many years to come and carry them to fruition," she said.