The Museum of Russian Art Names Judi Dutcher President and Director

Monday, May 7, 2007

The Museum of Russian Art announced today that Judi Dutcher has accepted the position of Director and President.

“We are excited to welcome such an accomplished, innovative leader to The Museum of Russian Art,” said Raymond E. Johnson, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.  “Judi has a proven track record as a strategic leader of a non-profit and as a skilled fundraiser.  She is energetic and innovative. We look forward to working with Judi as TMORA builds its reputation as an important asset of this community and an increasingly prominent member of the international network of museum institutions.”

Until August of 2007, Dutcher was the President of the Minnesota Community Foundation.  She led the foundation’s fundraising efforts, more than doubling the assets in just three years.  In addition, Dutcher started the foundation’s first statewide grantmaking program and led strategic and educational outreach initiatives.

“I am honored to serve as the new president of TMORA.  This museum is an incredible community treasure and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to promote and advance the museum’s mission,” Dutcher said.

Dutcher was Minnesota State Auditor from 1994 to 2002.  She served on the State Board of Investment, State Executive Council, Land Exchange Board, Rural Finance Authority Board, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Board and the Public Employees Retirement Association Board.  Previously, Dutcher worked as attorney with the firm of Lang, Pauly & Gregerson and was a Minneapolis City Attorney.

Dutcher, 44, received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Minnesota.  She is active in several Twin Cities organizations and serves on the board of the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance Advisory Board.

Dutcher succeeds Bradford Shinkle IV, who has served as President and Director since the initial founding of the museum in 2002.  “The Museum is ideally positioned to utilize Judi’s leadership skills and experience in financial management, organizational governance and community relationship building,” remarked Mr. Shinkle.  He will remain with the Museum as Director of Scholarship  with continuing responsibilities for the development of research initiatives and creating relationships with international art historians.  “The growth in the number and technical complexity of our Museum’s exhibition activities requires our expanded effort to improve the educational content and information value of each event.  I look forward to working with Judi during the transition.”

The Museum of Russian Art is a 501(c)(3) that operates as a non-profit educational trust and is the only museum in North America dedicated solely to the preservation and presentation of Russian art and artifacts. The Museum of Russian Art was established in 2002 through the generosity of Raymond and Susan Johnson.  The museum conducts a continuous program of educational exhibitions, lectures and publication of English language reference books to increase awareness of Russian artistic achievements.  The museum is located at I-35w at Diamond Lake Road in Minneapolis and is open daily except Sundays.

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