Elsie McCabe Thompson to Step Down as President of Museum for African Art

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Thompson. (Courtesy Museum for African Art)

Elsie McCabe Thompson will step down as president at the Museum for African Art, with the museum’s deputy director and chief operating officer, Kenita Lloyd, taking on the post of interim president. Ms. Thompson will work with chairman Bruce Eichner and a board committee as it searches for a new president. 

Ms. Thompson has said she will continue to support fundraising efforts for the museum, which is currently closed. In May the museum said it was working to raise $10 million to complete the construction of a new home at the northeast corner of Central Park on Museum Mile. Its opening has been delayed five times.

Mr. Eichner said in a statement that “the museum’s highly acclaimed exhibitions, publications, and educational programs—all of which expanded significantly under Ms. Thompson’s dedicated leadership—continue to be the backbone of the institution.” Six of the museum’s exhibitions are currently on view at museums around the country and abroad.

During her time at the museum, Ms. Thompson guided the museum through the acquisition of property it needed to build its new Robert A. M. Stern–designed building. Ms. Thompson has also led efforts to raise nearly $93 million in donations for the project.

“While there is still more work ahead to complete this project, we share Elsie’s commitment to opening a cultural beacon for Africa in New York,” said Mr. Eichner. “The board, Elsie, and the museum’s supporters are committed to getting the task finished as soon as possible.”