It is with extremely mixed emotions that I announce today that our beloved chief financial officer, Alison Sowden, has been selected to head the financial operations of the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute. She leaves The Huntington in mid April after 24 years of absolutely stellar service.
This is a tremendous opportunity for Alison and a huge gain for the Art Institute. It is also a huge statement about the strength and vitality of The Huntington and its leadership. The museum and the School of the Art Institute are extremely important institutions within the U.S. cultural landscape and hold about $1.4 billion in assets. Alison will be managing a much larger financial portfolio there—well over $100 million in annual operating budgets each for the museum and the school. So it’s a spectacular career move for her. But, of course, letting her leave The Huntington will be extremely hard. Alison has won the hearts and minds of the Huntington family—from staff to the boards to volunteers and scholars. She’s been an amazing colleague and a true friend.
She joined The Huntington staff in 1990 at a time when the institution was facing significant financial challenges. Now, today, in large part because of Alison’s financial stewardship, the institution is significantly stronger and enjoying financial health it hasn’t seen since the 1950s.
We will begin a search immediately to find a new chief financial officer for The Huntington.
The Art Institute of Chicago Press Release
Susan Turner-Lowe, 626-405-2147, firstname.lastname@example.org
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