Caroyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art

Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art
Department:  Museum of Art
Date:  05/05/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Colby College Museum of Art

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Reporting directly to Colby College President David Greene, the next Carolyn Muzzy Director of Colby College Museum of Art will be an engaging, dynamic, and collaborative leader adept at building relationships with a wide range of constituents including students, faculty, administration, community members, members of the Colby College Board of Trustees and Museum Board of Governors, and donors. The Muzzy Director will continue to build a distinctive national profile for the Museum and create connections with major art museums around the US and globally, as well as other academic and regional museums.

The next Muzzy Director of the Colby Museum will be an ambitious, inventive, and collaborative leader who is inspired by the mission of the Colby College Museum of Art and can inspire others as well. Top candidates will demonstrate at least ten years of progressively increasing organizational leadership within environments where relationship building and influencing skills are critical to success. Colby seeks candidates with leadership experience in an art museum setting, within arts institutions, or similar organizations. Other must-have qualities include a talent and enthusiasm for outreach and partnership, and a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in their approach to exhibitions, collections, audience engagement, and mentorship.  

An advanced degree in art or art history, museum education, arts management, or other relevant field or research area is preferred; deep professional and leadership experience in a comparable setting will also be seriously considered.  

Naree Viner and Stephen Milbauer of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Stephen directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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