John Wetenhall, whose tenure as executive director of the Ringling Museum of Art ended abruptly in 2009, has landed a new job.
On Thursday, Wetenhall was named president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an organization comprised of four distinctive museums.
"John immediately stood out to our committee, first on paper and then even more so in person," said Lee Foster, chair of the Carnegie Museums' board and the man who led the search. "He has devoted his career to museums and museum management...and it's obvious he is passionate about his work. He also appreciates the complexities and the tremendous opportunities unique to an organization with multiple parts, and he led such an organization through significant growth and expansion."
But Wetenhall resigned abruptly in the summer of 2009, reportedly after relations soured between himself and officials at Florida State University, which operates the museum. Marshall Rousseau was appointed interim director, and a search for a permanent successor has begun again after the first round failed to produce acceptable candidates.