Revolving Door: Cooper-Hewitt Director Paul Warwick Thompson Turns in Resignation

Big news afoot at the Cooper-Hewitt. It was announced late Friday that the museum’s director, Paul Warwick Thompson, has decided to resign and will be leaving in August of next year to become the president of the Royal College of Art in the UK. Having been in his current role since 2001 and overseeing a lot of the building boom surrounding one of the few Smithsonian institutions that has grown rapidly over the years and hasn’t suffered from things like its leads getting busted for improper spending, the Cooper-Hewitt is now starting up a search for who to replace Thompson. Here’s a bit:

“Under Paul’s leadership, the museum has made great strides with respect to exhibition programming, collection access and educational outreach,” said board chairman Paul Herzan. “Moreover, he developed a solid strategic plan for Cooper-Hewitt, including an ambitious and much-needed expansion, which positions the museum for more positive growth.”

“An extremely dedicated, strong and inspiring leader, Paul infused new talent and energy into the museum and brought the institution wholly into the 21st century,” said trustee John Maeda. “As a trustee, it has been especially gratifying to work with Paul in positioning Cooper-Hewitt on a national stage and I look forward to continuing to build on the solid foundation he has laid for the museum.”