Executive Director Of Tenn. State Museum Rejects Ouster Call

Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 18, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The longtime executive director of the Tennessee State Museum is rejecting calls for her to be replaced as the state plans for a new $160 million facility in Nashville.

Lois Riggins-Ezell in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) cited her role in growing the museum from six staffers working in a basement in 1981 to its current 42 employees and an annual budget of $3.8 million, not counting private donations.

In Riggins-Ezell's words: "I am the museum."

Former Ambassador Victor Ashe, a member and former chairman of the board overseeing museum operations, said a new director should brought on oversee the planning and construction of the new museum. Ashe says Riggins-Ezell has shown a bias toward Nashville-area art purchases over works produced in other parts of the state.

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