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Remington director applications are due by next week


OGDENSBURG — There is just over one week to go for applications to be submitted for the executive director position at the Frederic Remington Art Museum.

Remington board trustee and search committee chairwoman Julie H. Cliff said Friday that she and the other committee members have been reviewing applications, and that they are still coming in as the April 1 cutoff date approaches.

“We’ve had several inquiries,” Mrs. Cliff said. “Most of the ones that I have seen are pretty much from the Northeast.”

Edward A. LaVarnway, the museum’s executive director since 2005, intends to leave by June 1. A hiring recommendation will made by May 1 and his successor is hoped to be in place one month later.

Mrs. Cliff said it still hasn’t been decided how many of the candidates will actually get to be interviewed, but the plan remains to choose a new executive director for the museum from a field of three finalists.

The new executive director will be expected to dive right into things at the museum.

“This is a busy time for the museum,” Mrs. Cliff said.

Indeed, the museum is in the midst of its $4 million capital improvement campaign to help pay for renovations at the 303 Washington St. landmark. They and their estimated costs are:

$1.2 million for exterior repairs to the museum; $1.8 million for the museum’s endowment in order to provide funds for new initiatives, as well as support for the museum’s mission; and $1 million for spendable funding for curatorial, education, marketing, and outreach activities and sustain the daily work of the museum.

Mr. LaVarnway said Friday that $2 million has been raised so far. The funds have come from foundations, local banks and individual donors.

The annual salary range for the executive director’s position is $46,000 to $50,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

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