Fox departs for Los Angles to head new museum

| July 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Broad Art Foundation has hired seasoned arts administrator Heath Fox as deputy director of operations for The Broad, a new contemporary art museum that philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are building on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

Since 2006, Fox has been assistant dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego, where he serves as the senior administrative officer for six academic departments and is responsible for planning, policy development and resource administration.

From 2001 to 2006, Fox was director of administration for the San Diego Museum of Art, serving one year as acting executive director. In that position, he was responsible for strategic planning, operational management and organizational administration.

Heath Fox, deputy director of operations for The Broad. Photo courtesy of Pablo Mason.

Prior to that, Fox served as associate director of administration for the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego from 1997 to 2001, overseeing a capital expansion that included a fourfold increase in the size of the facility and a corresponding expansion of artistic programming, staffing and logistics. Previously, Fox spent two decades as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as lieutenant colonel in 1996.

Fox has a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester and a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Virginia Tech. He studied European art history at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education management development program, the Harvard Business School executive education program, and the Getty Leadership Institute museum management program.

Fox started at The Broad on June 27, reporting to Joanne Heyler, director/chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation and director of The Broad, which is scheduled to open in spring 2013. For the next two years while the museum is under construction, Fox will assist Heyler in developing operational plans and management systems for the museum. Once The Broad is open, Fox will oversee museum operations and organizational planning.

Eli and Edythe Broad are creating a $200 million endowment to fund the museum and anticipate spending more than $130 million on its development and construction. In addition to building and creating an endowment to support the museum, the Broads are also advancing approximately $30 million and contributing an additional $4 million to $6 million to build a parking garage and public plaza for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Los Angeles and to renovate the Grand Avenue streetscape between Second and Third streets. The CRA will purchase the parking garage and operate it upon its completion.

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