Diverse Areas of Expertise Will Bolster Museum’s Success in Growing Its Capacity to Serve
On May 11, Delaware Art Museum members voted in a slate of new trustees for three-year terms. Along with new trustees, the Museum is undergoing a change in board leadership, as Christine Moritz was elected to replace outgoing President David Pollack.
“It has been my great pleasure to embrace my role as Executive Director under David Pollack’s leadership as President,“ said Executive Director Molly Giordano. “Our Museum stewardship responsibilities began around the same time, and I look forward to learning from Christine Moritz as she takes on the mantle of board leadership.”
Pollack served as the Museum’s President since the spring of 2020, successfully navigating the Museum through the pandemic, and was an integral part of the Museum’s fundraising strategy during his term. He will remain on the board.
Moritz is a Director of Operations for Eastern States Group, a Wilmington-based real estate business, whose career has taken her from CPA at Ernst & Young to finance and operations at Louis Vuitton North America. She has served on the board of trustees since 2019. A Museum neighbor, Moritz recently led a successful fundraiser, Art of the Cocktail, the proceeds of which will support the Museum’s Kid’s Corner.
“As an arts lover who lives in walking distance of the Museum, this organization has been meaningful to me and my family for many years,” said Moritz. “I look forward to taking on this bigger role and to representing this important anchor institution in our community.”
The five trustees joining the Delaware Art Museum board this spring are:
- Daniel Cole, Attorney with a passion for business law and international law; Associate, currently of Richards, Layton & Finger, transitioning to Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor in mid-June; former editor-in-chief of the Temple International Comparative Law Journal and former president of the Temple Law Student Bar Association
- David Cullmann, Managing Director/COO and co-founder of Active Lifestyle Management, a concierge service company for active adults, following a lifelong career in finance
- Richard P. Fitzgerald, Former head of three distinguished independent schools and one nationally-recognized charter school; former Associate Dean at University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design; and former Vice President for Advancement at the College of Physicians/Mütter Museum
- Kathleen (Kathy) S. Matt, PhD, Former dean of the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences (2009-2022), helped develop the Health Sciences Complex and the Tower on the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, a platform that facilitates collaborations engaging academia, businesses and the community with the intent of enhancing health outcomes and growing economic development
- Phyllis Woolley Mobley is a past trustee of the Museum for African Art in NYC, and an award winning International Brand & Multicultural Marketing Executive for fortune 100 companies. She is currently an Educator in the Brandywine School District and a poet, writer, and storyteller whose work deeply reflects her Haitian American heritage and her global experiences in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania
These new trustees offer diverse areas of expertise from which the Museum will benefit. As the Museum continues into its newest chapter, these law, finance, fundraising and development, communications and marketing, health, senior services, and educational professionals will bolster the organization’s success in growing the Museum’s capacities to serve the public.
This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the most comprehensive Pre-Raphaelite collection on display outside of the United Kingdom, and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit delart.org for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.