Emily Kernan Rafferty Retires as President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emily Kernan Rafferty has announced that she will retire as president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, effective spring 2015. Rafferty began at the institution in 1976 as an administrator in the development department. She then served as vice president for development and membership—the first woman to be appointed a vice president in the museum’s history—and later as senior vice president for external affairs. Said Rafferty: "It has been a singular privilege to work for the Metropolitan Museum. 2015 will mark my thirty-ninth year at the Met and the eleventh year of my tenure as president. My respect and affection for the institution and for my colleagues is profound, and the Met will always be close to my heart.”

Said director Thomas P. Campbell: “The Met is known for the extraordinary dedication of its staff, but few people have had a greater impact on this Museum than she has. Over nearly forty years, Emily has grown with the Met, rising to its challenges through the decades. Indeed, I am deeply indebted to her for the role she played in my own transition to director. We have worked together as partners over the past five years, and I remain grateful for the intelligence, generosity, and charisma she brings to every endeavor.”