Board Chair Kevin Donohoe Announces Departure of President & CEO Dr. David R. Brigham

To the PAFA community,

Dr. David Brigham has chosen to leave his position as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to accept an appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. On behalf of the PAFA Board of Trustees and staff, we offer him our best wishes as he embarks on this new endeavor. At the same time we thank him for his thirteen years of transformative leadership at PAFA.

In collaboration with the board, staff and generous donors, he significantly grew our museum collection, our endowment and our annual giving. He also completed a successful capital campaign that led to the addition of key academic programs, essential academic and administrative facilities and important exhibition spaces. The board will soon form a search committee to oversee the search for our next President and CEO.

Kevin F. Donohoe
Chair, Board of Trustees
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Last Updated
October 27, 2020 - 12:41 PM

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.