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Co-interim directors appointed during search for new Speed Art Museum leader

American artist Deborah Butterfield’s “Danuta and Burnt Pine” will be on display at the Speed Art Museum.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2012) — The Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees have elected Lisa Resnik, David Knopf and Scott Erbes as co-interim directors during the museum’s search for a new permanent director/CEO.

As previously announced, CEO Charles Venable has accepted the position of director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Venable’s last day at the Speed will be Sept. 23.

Together, the three co-interim directors will serve on a leadership team, directing the operations and implementing the strategies of the Speed Museum. Lisa Resnik, COO of the museum, also will serve as chair of the leadership team and will have signing authority for all documents requiring the signature of the Speed director.

“We are extremely fortunate the Speed has such talented staff in place and have great confidence that the interim structure will be highly effective during this critical transitional time for the museum,” said Allan Latts, incoming chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.

The board also chartered a search committee to be led by board chairman Todd Lowe.

“Because of the strength of our new leadership team, we know we have the luxury of time to find the right person to lead our organization as we open the new building and create the new Speed Art Museum of the future,” Lowe said.

Resnik has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and campaign planning, administration and organization stewardship. Her background includes extensive work in higher and secondary education and the visual and performing arts. She joined the Speed in 2007 as a campaign consultant and in 2009 was promoted to director of capital campaign and strategic initiatives. In 2011, she was appointed chief operating officer.

Knopf has almost 30 years experience as a CPA, with a background in bank management and accounting. In 1984, he joined the Speed as business manager and was appointed chief financial officer in 2002.

Erbes joined the museum in 1999 and currently serves as the Speed’s director of collections and exhibitions and curator of decorative arts and design. He manages a team of registrars, art preparators, and other staff; oversees collections registration and care; and plans, designs and executes gallery spaces and exhibitions.