Toledo Museum of Art Names Director of Development

Posted Jan 23rd, 2008 by Sara Stacy  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Toledo, Ohio—On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) named Susan Palmer as the Museum’s Director of Development. Ms. Palmer has 32 years’ experience at TMA, most recently as the Head of Docent Education. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Toledo and serves in numerous positions on community boards and committees.

“I am energized by this opportunity to work in a new way within the Museum.” Ms. Palmer said. “Development efforts are vital to the growth and future success of TMA, and I look forward to reaching out and inviting others to become
more involved and share my sense of joy for this jewel of our city.”

As Director of Development, Ms. Palmer will oversee fundraising, corporate sponsorships and grants, planned giving, major donor events, and membership, including specialized groups such as the Apollo Society.

“Susan’s passion for the arts and education is well-known in our region, and the growth of our Docent program under her leadership has been—and will continue to be—a tremendous asset for the Museum,” said TMA Director Dr. Don Bacigalupi. “In her new role as Director of Development, Susan will bring that same passion and leadership to our community relationships, fundraising, and sponsorships.”

While Ms. Palmer’s successor has not yet been named, the Docent program will be managed in the interim by Lisa McClure, previously TMA’s Docent Education Coordinator. Ms. McClure has six years’ experience at the Museum and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in arts education from the University of Toledo. The TMA Docent program currently includes 101 active touring Docents and 24 Docents in training.

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One Response to “Toledo Museum of Art Names Director of Development”

  1. Frances Kawahara Says:

    Just visited TMA again after a hiatux of a no. of years and found it as warm and friendly and refreshing as always. I have been visiting TMA since 1953 when we moved to Adrian. I hve taken a no. of docent led tours of the museum with my students from the State of Michigan Training School and found them most informative and interesting. I took one tour without a docent, and it was terrible. The teacher , who said she could do it because of her numerous trips there, trying to substitute could not recall 1/10th of what she had heard! I said, NEVERAGAIN! Bless your docent program. It adds so much richness and education to the visit.

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