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Erin B. Coe to Lead Penn State University’s Palmer Museum of Art

The Hyde Collection’s board of trustees announced that director Erin B. Coe will step down from her position at the helm of the institution at the end of July and a national search will be conducted for her replacement. Coe is leaving to join the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University as director, according to a report by Maury Thompson at The Post Star. Anne Saile, founder of the Saile Group LLC, a business development and leadership consulting firm, has been named interim director at the Hyde.

“This is a bittersweet moment for the Hyde,” board chair Karl Seitz said. “We are delighted to see Erin take the next big step in what is already a brilliant career. Her leadership of the Hyde, particularly the establishment of the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery for modern and contemporary art, has been extraordinary. Erin has created a platform for future growth and opportunity for the Hyde. As her colleagues and friends, we will miss our daily contact with a vibrant, optimistic, visionary spirit and we wish her only the best.”

During her tenure, Coe helped the Hyde secure an $11 million gift, one of the largest in its history, and led a successful campaign to raise $500,000 to expand the museum and build a new gallery for modern art—the first new exhibition space at the institution in more than twenty-eight years.