The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board of trustees unanimously voted to name Daniel H. Weiss, currently the president and chief operating officer of the institution, as its new CEO. Weiss will retain the title of president. In addition to the appointment, the Met announced that it will begin a search for a new director, who will report to Weiss.
Daniel Brodsky, the board’s chairman, said, “[We] couldn't be more confident in Dan’s ability to take the museum to even higher levels of excellence. He is a scholar of art history, he is a seasoned leader of complex institutions, and he is committed to the museum’s mission. His contributions as president of the Met during the past two years have been exemplary, both in supporting the museum’s vision and in establishing a sustainable path for our financial and managerial operations.”
“Leading the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an extraordinary honor,” said Weiss. “Our museum’s collections and professional staff set the world standard for exhibitions, scholarship, preservation, education, and public programming, and as thoughtful advocates for the importance of art in our culture. I am equally humbled and excited to continue working closely with the board and the museum’s unparalleled staff.”
Weiss received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Western medieval and Byzantine art, and completed an MBA at the Yale School of Management. He earned his BA at George Washington University and an MA in art history from Johns Hopkins. After receiving his Ph.D., Weiss taught in the art history department at Johns Hopkins, eventually becoming a full professor and the department chair. He was later made the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. From 2005 until 2013, he served as president and professor of art history at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and in 2013, he became the president of Haverford College.