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Museum Director Elected President of National Organization

May 20, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- David Alan Robertson, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, has been elected president of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries, the academic museum affiliate organization of the American Association of Museums and an affiliate of the College Art Association.

The association sponsors annual conferences on topics of importance to academic museums.

At the organization's annual business lunch, Robertson outlined goals for his three-year tenure as president. These included increasing membership, addressing the national accreditation standards for academic museums and seeking systemic solutions to the sale of collections by universities for purposes unrelated to their museums' missions.

The association is a network of 400 museums and galleries affiliated with academic institutions throughout North America. Organized in 1980, the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries addresses the issues that are relevant and unique to college and university museums and galleries of all disciplines, including art, history, natural history and science. Issues include governance, ethics, education and exhibitions, management, strategic planning, support, collections and professional programs. For more information visit http://www.acumg.org.

Robertson was named director of Northwestern's Block Museum in August 2002. In 2005 he was invested as the first Ellen Philips Katz Director. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2002, he served as associate director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.
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