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Jeremy A. Sabloff: Stepping Down as Director of UPM in 2004

Jeremy Sabloff

Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (UPM) since July 1, 1994, has announced his intention to step down from the directorship when he completes his ten years of service on June 30, 2004.  A search committee for the position has been established.

"Leading this world class museum--one endowed with a phenomenal collection, a history of exciting discoveries and cutting-edge research, and a dedicated Board of Overseers, staff and volunteers--has been a distinct honor and a privilege," he noted. "Next June, my term as director will have stretched to 10 years. The time will be right for me to step down and pursue research and publication interests--and for the Museum to move forward with new leadership into the 21st century."

Over the last nine years, Dr. Sabloff has led the Museum through a period of consolidation and growth. Under his directorship, the Museum raised $17 million to build the Mainwaring Wing for collections storage and study, a state-of-the-art facility for the maintenance of at-risk artifacts, and for enhanced scholarly study, completed in May 2002. With the expansion of the Museum's traveling exhibitions program and a host of new research projects around the world, UPM's national and international outreach and reputation has broadened. Innovative special exhibitions and programs, plus long-term gallery renovations, including a recently completed suite of classical world galleries, the Stoner Courtyard, the Trescher Main Entrance, and the Merle-Smith Changing Exhibitions gallery, have given the Museum a fresher face, while maintaining the integrity of the venerated Wilson Eyre, Victorian-era building. The Museum has raised more than $35 million towards its goal of $55 million in its current Campaign for the 21st Century.

Search for a Museum Director

Emphasizing Dr. Sabloff's substantial contributions to the Museum during the last decade, President Rodin and Provost Barchi have announced the formation of the committee to advise on selecting his successor as Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The search committee invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

The Director is the chief academic, administrative and financial officer of the Museum. Strong preference will be accorded to candidates with significant achievements in a relevant scholarly discipline or professional field and leadership in a university or professional setting.

Applications and nominations, including curriculum vitae, may be forwarded to Chair, Director of University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Search Committee, Office of the Provost, 122 College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303 or by e-mail to simonr@pobox.upenn.edu. Closing date for application is September 15, 2003.

The members of the Search committee are:

  • Peter Conn, Deputy Provost & Andrea Mitchell Professor of English (Chair)
  • Harold Dibble, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs & Professor of Anthropology
  • Joseph Farrell, Associate Dean SAS & Professor of Classical Studies
  • John Hover II, Chair, Museum Board of Overseers
  • Leslie Laird Kruhly, Secretary of the University
  • Dwaune Latimer, the Jean Friendly Keeper of the African Section, Museum
  • A. Bruce Mainwaring, Museum Overseer & former Chair
  • Holly Pittman, Curator of the Near East Section, Museum & Professor of the History of Art
  • Gregory Urban, Department Chair & Professor of Anthropology
  • Lucy Fowler Williams, Keeper of Collections, American Section, Museum & Ph.D. student, Anthropology
  • Raymond Simon, Executive Assistant, Office of the Associate Provost (staff)


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 1, July 15, 2003

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