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Adirondack Museum appoints new Director

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE John Fritzinger, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum, announced that David Pamperin has resigned as director of the museum, effective March 30, 2007, and that the Board of Trustees has appointed Caroline Mastin Welsh, long-time chief curator and curator of art, to succeed Pamperin. "We regret very much David Pamperin's decision to leave the museum, but respect his desire to return to Wisconsin," said Fritzinger. "During his tenure as director, the museum has made great strides forward, and we will miss his energy and vision. As the board constructed succession plans, it was very fortunate to be able to identify as his successor Caroline Welsh, whose skills and experience will permit the museum to continue the momentum it has developed to realize its strategic objectives." Pamperin, who came to the museum as director in January of 2004, has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation in Green Bay, Wis. Returning to the Green Bay area, where he grew up, Pamperin is looking forward to returning "home" and leading this philanthropic foundation. "The Adirondack Museum is one of the best cultural institutions in the Northeast and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a competent staff, impressive board and supportive community. The opportunity to return to my Midwest roots, be closer to my family, and work in a community where I was raised was too appealing to turn down. My wife Susan and I will miss the Adirondacks," said Pamperin. "I am looking forward to working with Caroline during this transition period." Since coming to the museum in 1986, Caroline Welsh See WALSH, page 5 has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Museum's operation. As Chief Curator she has been responsible for the administration, management, long-range planning, research, preservation and interpretation of the Museum's extensive collections with primary responsibility for the art and decorative arts collections. She has also during her tenure overseen Museum publications; exhibit planning and development; education programs and the library; and the maintenance and operation for the physical plant including the grounds. As Director of Operations from 1994 through 2005, she played a leadership role in the design and implementation of three major additions to the Museum campus - the Visitor Center, the Mark W. Potter Education Center, and the Collections Storage and Study Center - as well as the planning and oversight of numerous other capital improvements to the physical plant. Welsh is a graduate of the Kent School and Wellesley College and was awarded a fellowship in museum studies at the Smithsonian Institution. She began her museum career at the Smithsonian Institution and moved on to the Albany Institute of History and Art and an exhibits design firm before coming to the Adirondack Museum. Ms. Welsh has served on regional committees and arts organizations and is the author of numerous books and articles on Adirondack artists and other subjects. She is a Trustee of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, The Exhibition Alliance, and is a member of the committee for the Visual Arts at Hamilton College. Welsh lives in the central Adirondacks in Tupper Lake with her husband Peter C. Welsh, and their son, Jamie, a graduate of Northwood School, and a senior at Saint Lawrence University. During his tenure, Pamperin led an intensive effort by the Board and staff to adopt a five-year plan setting the strategic direction of the Museum, which included the development of a new branch museum in Lake Placid. The plans for the Lake Placid branch on Main Street are currently underway with a potential groundbreaking scheduled for the end of 2007. The plan also included greater efforts to integrate environmental history into the exhibits and other programs of the Museum. This approach was evident in the involvement of leading national environmental historians in the Museum's first Environmental History Symposium in September of last year. Pamperin helped increase the Museum's donor base, raised funds for several new projects, expanded initiatives to reach out to audiences on a year-round basis, and developed several new programs appealing to children and families at the Blue Mountain Lake campus.

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