Metropolitan Museum Appoints Kenneth Weine Chief Communications Officer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that Kenneth Weine, currently the vice president of communications and marketing for the New York Public Library, has been named the institution’s new chief communications officer. He will take up the post in February.

Director and chief executive Thomas P. Campbell said, “The Met deserves a public voice that reaches the widest possible range of audiences, which we are confident Ken can achieve.”

During his tenure at the New York Public Library, which he began in 2013, Weine focused on expanding education programs in neighborhood branches, renovating the network’s ninety-two buildings, and launching a campaign that helped secure the largest ever funding increase for New York City libraries.

According to the New York Times, Weine will succeed Elyse Topalian, the museum’s vice president for communications since 2008. After thirty years at the museum, Topalian has accepted a buyout, which the institution offered shortly after it announced it needed to curb its $10 million deficit.

“The Met inspires me profoundly—as it does millions of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world every year,” Weine said. “The opportunity to work alongside the curators of what I consider to be the world’s greatest museum will be a tremendous honor and privilege.”