July 13, 2016

Morven Museum Board Appoints New Director

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The Board of Trustees of Morven Museum and Garden has announced the appointment of Jill M. Barry as executive director. Ms. Barry comes to Morven from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, where she has been deputy director since 2012. She will begin her transition over the summer as she relocates to Princeton and assumes full-time responsibilities in early September.

“Jill is a strong and seasoned museum administrator whose career development has been focused on audience engagement at all levels. We are very much looking forward to her leadership of one of New Jersey’s most important cultural and historic treasures,” said Board Chair Robert N. Wilson.

In accepting the position, Ms. Barry said, “I am delighted to be joining the team at Morven Museum and Garden as it joins my two passions, advancing the importance of museums and horticulture in everyday life.”

Ms. Barry’s experience includes the Naples Botanical Garden, the Walters Art Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

According to Search Committee Chair, Julia Garry, “The Search Committee could not be more thrilled in Jill’s appointment. Her 20 years as a museum professional will bring a wealth of knowledge, perspective, and a high standard of professionalism to Morven.” Other trustees serving on the Search committee were Liza Morehouse, Richard Pierce, Austin Starkey, and Bob Wilson.

Ms. Barry will succeed longtime Director Clare Smith, who retired earlier this year.