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Harn Museum of Art Names Lee Anne Chesterfield Director

The University of Florida announced that Lee Anne Chesterfield has been appointed as the new director of the Harn Museum of Art. Chesterfield is currently the senior advisor for museum planning and board relations at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. She will assume her responsibilities on July 1.

During her tenure at the VMFA, Chesterfield served as the principal advisor to director Alex Nyerges. Since joining the institution in 2004, Chesterfield has worked in a variety of roles, including as interim deputy director for art and education and as the museum’s first curator of ancient American art. She directed the opening of the VMFA’s first permanent galleries of Native American and pre-Columbian Art; managed the VMFA membership department and capital campaign fundraising efforts; and led the successful American Alliance of Museums’ reaccreditation. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Christopher Newport University.

“Dr. Chesterfield is an excellent person to guide the Harn in its next phase of strategic planning,” said Joseph Glover, the university’s provost and senior vice president. “As director, she will provide the leadership, vision, and long-range planning for the museum’s financial stability, programmatic excellence, inclusiveness and equity, and continued growth and success.”