“Ms. Hawley was appointed in 1989, only a few months before one of the most famous art heists in history occurred at the museum. In March 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers made off with 13 works, among them a Vermeer and a Rembrandt, a robbery that – despite some leads – remains unsolved as its 25th anniversary approaches.”
She also oversaw some good things! For instance, a $100 million expansion that was completed in 2012.
This news may not be as earth shattering as, oh, let’s say Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, but this does leave a number of Boston area museums in flux in terms of leadership: Malcolm Rogers announced his retirement from the MFA Boston last February, and Thomas Lentz will step down from the Harvard Art Museum in July of this year.