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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s Executive Director to Retire

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach has announced that executive director Debi Gray will step down in January of next year.

Since joining MOCA in 2009, Gray has guided the museum through the final stages of accreditation, which was granted by the American Alliance of Museums in December 2010, and spearheaded new community engagement initiatives, which resulted in the institution being awarded a Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission earlier this year.

Prior to MOCA, Gray served as president of the Norfolk campus of Culinary Arts for Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. While Gray did not comment on her reason for retiring, she said: “MOCA is on an upward trajectory with a skilled staff, a strong board, financial stability, and the support of the city. We are poised to reach even greater heights.”