Muskegon Museum of Art Director Judith Hayner to retire

Business News |Jun 27, 2017|2 min read

Muskegon, MI — Muskegon Museum of Art Executive Director Judith Hayner has announced plans to retire later this year, in the fall, after 14 years in the top leadership position at the MMA. The MMA Foundation Board of Trustees is undergoing a search for a new director.


Charles Johnson, III, Chairman of the MMAF Board expressed appreciation for Hayner’s leadership and service, saying,


On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation, I want to congratulate Judith Hayner on her remarkable 14-year tenure as the Museum’s Executive Director. Judith’s leadership, passion, and inspiration has elevated our museum to a distinguished place among the best art museums in the country.

Judith has been intimately involved with the Museum’s greatest success stories over the past decade including: the 100th anniversary celebration and corresponding acquisition of over 100 new works of art to the collection; the Inspire Campaign to raise our endowment that enabled the successful transition to an independent museum; and, most recently, the launching the largest art exhibition in our history, Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Director Hayner has had an unbelievable impact on the Museum and our community and she will be greatly missed. The Museum’s debt to her is huge, and her impending retirement is, by any measure, richly deserved.


Executive Leadership Opportunity at the Muskegon Museum of Art


The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation Board of Trustees announces that a new executive leadership opportunity to direct the AAM-accredited (since 1989) art museum in the West Michigan lakeside community of Muskegon will open at the Museum in Autumn 2017. The Board invites interested candidates to apply before July 17, 2017; preferably individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in the social/charitable or private/ business sectors and who have demonstrated management and operational expertise, including a general knowledge of art history and a passion for and love of the visual and fine arts will respond. Previous fundraising experience also strongly preferred. Visit for the full position summary and application instructions.