Dan Monroe, the executive director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, has announced that he will retire in September of next year. Monroe has headed up the museum for the past 25 years, and has received acclaim for implementing landmark federal legislation regarding the repatriation of Native American artifacts and for re-erecting the Yin Yu Tang, the museum’s Chinese Qing Dynasty house.
In a statement, Monroe said, “Leading the transformation of PEM into a major American art museum that thrives on a culture of innovation and creativity has been an extraordinary joy and privilege. PEM operates today at local, national, and global stages, and works to create experiences of art, culture, and creative expression that transform people’s lives.”
A search committee has been created to find a new director for the museum. Robert N. Shapiro, president of PEM’s board of trustees, said in a statement, “Just like PEM’s global entrepreneurial founders in 1799, Dan set out to create an experience that connects art, culture and creative expression from around the world in exciting and unexpected ways . . . PEM plays a major leadership role because of his work, imagination and drive.”