The McNay Art Museum is seeking its fourth director and CEO after announcing today that Rich Aste will be leaving the museum in January 2023.
“The board was saddened but supported and accepted Rich’s decision,” Don Frost, chairman of McNay’s board, said in a June 2 statement. “The positive impact he has had on the museum and the community is immeasurable.”
Aste, Ph.D., will end his current contract with the McNay this fall and has agreed to remain on staff until January 2023 to give the board enough time to find a replacement. He’s been running the McNay for almost six years.
Aste recently earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and joined the executive coaching team at the University of California at Irvine. He will also launch his own coaching practice and join his partner of 10 years, Max Goodman, in Los Angeles.
“I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished here,” Aste said in a statement. “By creating inclusive arts experiences with and for our community, the McNay reflects the rich diversity of San Antonio across campus. I will forever admire the museum’s brilliant and dedicated board and staff, and I look forward to sharing all of our learnings with leaders across the country.
During Aste’s tenure, the McNay completed a $6.25 million landscaping plan that opened up the campus, it increased the visibility of underrepresented communities in its permanent collection, and through temporary exhibits it diversified its management team and staff, and reported four consecutive years of operation. surpluses.
McNay’s board is working with national executive search firm Isaacson Miller to find Aste’s successor.