DETROIT (AP) - Salvador Salort-Pons, the Detroit Institute of Arts' executive director of collection strategies and information who has played a key role in the museum's strategic planning process, was appointed Wednesday as the institution's director.
The museum's board named the 45-year-old, who has served as director of the museum's European Art Department since 2011, as director, president and CEO effective Oct. 15.
lives with his
family in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills and they plan to move to the city soon.
"I want to build on our visitor-centered approach, making our extraordinary art collection relevant to broad and diverse audiences," Salort-Pons
said in a statement.
I truly believe our greatest years lie ahead of us," said Salort-Pons, who also serves as the Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings at the DIA.
"Salvador's scholarship, extensive knowledge of the DIA, his international experience and his management skills make him the ideal choice to lead the DIA in the coming years," said Gene Gargaro, chairman of the DIA board and the search committee.
Prior to coming to Detroit, Salort-Pons was senior curator at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.