POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 12:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU Museum of Art announced today that its Executive Director, Thomas A. Livesay will retire effective March 30, 2012. Livesay has been the director of the museum since January of 2007.
In August 2010, under Livesay’s leadership, the LSU Museum of Art achieved first-time accreditation from the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum.
“We are sincerely grateful for Tom's leadership, under which the museum became accredited by the American Association of Museums,” Museum Advisory Board Chair Emalie Boyce, said.
Livesay was instrumental in establishing a program endowment to help sustain the museum through difficult budget cuts to the university. He increased volunteer involvement in the museum, bringing in members of the greater Baton Rouge community and especially university students. He also regularly taught a museum studies class through the LSU School of Art.
The search for a new director has been in the works since late last year.
Adrienne Moore, currently director of the LSU Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, will serve as interim director of the museum until a new executive director is in place.
Livesay has had a long distinguished career of more than 40 years in the museum profession. He worked at the Huntington Gallery, as a student at the University of Texas.
The LSU Museum of Art is located on the 5th floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown.