Elsie McCabe Thompson Resigns as President of the Museum for African Art in Manhattan

Elsie McCabe Thompson has announced her resignation as president of the Museum for African Art in Manhattan. Patricia Cohen of the New York Times reports that her decision comes after more than “three years of financial troubles that have repeatedly delayed the museum’s opening of a new site.” The museum has thus far raised $93 million and needs an additional $10 million to finish construction of the building, designed by Robert A. M. Stern. The museum noted in a statement that it is “in discussions with several funders to ensure that the project is completed successfully.” Said Thompson: “We have poured our hearts and souls into the museum in order to create an institution of global acclaim. While this is a difficult decision, I leave knowing that much has been accomplished and the museum is in its final stages of development.” Thompson has spent the past fifteen years at the museum and plans to remain involved as a trustee on its board.