Daniel Weiss ’85, who has served as the president and chief operating officer of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2015, has been named the museum’s president and chief executive officer, the museum announced on June 13.
Weiss succeeds Thomas Campbell, who stepped down as CEO and director earlier this year. Under a reorganized structure, Weiss will have overall responsibility for the museum’s leadership, and the next director, who will set the museum’s artistic and programmatic priorities, will report to him.
“The [museum’s] board couldn’t be more confident in Dan’s ability to take the museum to even higher levels of excellence,” said Daniel Brodsky, chairman of the board, in a statement. “He is a scholar of art history, he is a seasoned leader of complex institutions, and he is committed to the museum’s mission. His contributions as president of the Met during the past two years have been exemplary, both in supporting the museum’s vision and in establishing a sustainable path for our financial and managerial operations.”
Before joining the Met, Weiss was the president of Haverford College from 2013 to 2015 and the president of Lafayette College from 2005 to 2013. After graduating from Yale SOM in 1985, he worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He received a PhD in art history from Johns Hopkins University in 1992, and then taught and held a series of administrative positions there.
“Leading the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an extraordinary honor,” Weiss said. “Our museum’s collections and professional staff set the world standard for exhibitions, scholarship, preservation, education, and public programming, and as thoughtful advocates for the importance of art in our culture. I am equally humbled and excited to continue working closely with the Board and the museum’s unparalleled staff.”