The New York Times reports that Thomas Collins has been named the new head of Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation:
Mr. Collins, known as Thom, has served for nearly five years as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, previously known as the Miami Art Museum and renamed in 2012 to recognize a multimillion-dollar gift of art and cash from the developer Jorge M. Pérez. Under Mr. Collins’s leadership, the museum constructed a new building designed by the firm Herzog & de Meuron that opened in December 2013 and attracted 300,000 visitors in its first year, far exceeding expectations.
At the same time, the Pérez has struggled in a difficult philanthropic environment in Miami to cover its operating expenses and build its endowment. But Mr. Collins, a native Philadelphian, said those “growing pains” were not a factor in his decision to accept the Barnes’s offer. “It’s a good, comfortable, stable time to make this transition, and if it weren’t, I wouldn’t be leaving,” he said.
Barnes Foundation Recruits Director From Miami (NYTimes.com)