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Remington director search starts soon

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The search for a new executive director for the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg may begin as soon as later this month.

Trustee and search committee chairwoman Julie H. Cliff said Monday that a 30-day, multi-media advertising campaign to recruit a replacement for Edward A. LaVarnwnay is scheduled to begin March 1.

But if a six-member committee consisting of representatives from the museum’s board of trustees, its International Advisory Board and museum curator Laura A. Foster manages to agree on a job description and the scope of the advertising campaign sooner, it won’t wait until March 1 to start.

“It could be sooner than that,” Mrs. Cliff said.

Edward A. LaVarnway, executive director since 2005, wants to leave by June 1. But he has agreed to stay until his replacement is hired and familiarized with the job.

“Ed has been very gracious to help us have a smooth transition,” Mrs. Cliff said.

The committee is also turning to a museum organization for free advice. The Washington, D.C.-based Museum Trustee Association, Mrs. Cliff said, will provide the Remington trustees on how best to carry out the recruitment process.

According to the MTA’s web site, the association offers advice and recommendations to museum trustees in matters such a setting policy, making strategic plans and decisions, allocating resources, setting goals, raising funds, evaluating performance, rewarding and motivating management and carrying out top personnel decisions.

The other search committee members besides Mrs. Cliff and Ms. Foster, are board President William J. Cavanaugh, board Vice President Kathleen R. Wade, board secretary Dianne Drayse Alonzo, International Advisory Board member and noted museum supporter Alan P. Newell and trustees Catherine B. Newell and Scott M. Wright.

The museum is located at 303 Washington St.

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