California African American Museum Director Charmaine Jefferson to Resign




Charmaine Jefferson, director of Los Angeles’ California African American Museum, will depart her post by the end of the day today, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“From my heart I thank you for having allowed me this great leadership opportunity,” she wrote in a message on the museum’s website.

Jefferson spent more than a decade at the head of the institution and leaves ahead of a major renovation that will triple the 44,000-square-foot museum (estimated to cost $67.3 million in 2011).

The museum’s board president, Todd Hawkins, said that plan will likely be scaled back “to some degree,” though Jefferson’s successor will still have a big job ahead of her. The board will soon appoint an interim director before conducting a national search for Jefferson’s replacement.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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