Cleveland's Museum Center searching for new director

Hassan Najjar, who has served as the executive director of Cleveland's Museum Center at Five Points for three years, has announced plans to resign on March 4. Museum board president Mike Griffin has credited Najjar's leadership as instrumental in transforming the facility into "a true community asset." In April, Najjar will begin work as executive director of Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The Museum Center at Five Points will lose Hassan Najjar as its executive director today after a three-year tenure that has been credited with revitalizing the museum's mission and lifeblood.

Najjar will begin serving as executive director of Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo., in April. He was the assistant curator of education at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga from July 2006 to February 2013.

Museum board president Mike Griffin praised Najjar for his leadership and dedication.

"Hassan's leadership and vision reshaped the Museum Center into a true community asset," Griffin said in a news release. "He's the type of guy that rolls up his sleeves and gets the job done and that's the example he set for his staff and for this board."

Najjar took the museum's reins at a challenging time when the institution struggled to meet its mission and firmly establish itself as a destination for the region's history, arts and culture, Griffin said.

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