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MAC wants Rodgers to return

Three months after firing its director, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board wants him back. The MAC board voted 11-3 Wednesday to ask Forrest B. Rodgers to return to the helm of the financially struggling museum. The vote followed months of outcry from museum members, volunteers and donors who argued that Rodgers was making positive changes when he was booted without warning in April.

New members could change MAC board’s stance on dispute

Four new members of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board could shift how the museum resolves its dispute with its terminated leader. The new president of the board, Bruce Howard, this week appointed four new members who were on the museum’s separate foundation board when that group voted unanimously to criticize the April firing of Forrest Rodgers.

MAC board officers elected

The board that leads the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is under new leadership, but the fate of its recently terminated director remained unclear after a two-hour private board session on Wednesday. Bruce Howard, who was elected president of the board at the start of the meeting, said he will appoint by Monday a three-person task force to deal with the controversial firing of Forrest Rodgers.

MAC board may get new leadership

Change could be afoot among those leading the embattled Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. The museum’s Board of Trustees meets on Wednesday and will consider a slate of new board officers, according to a meeting agenda released by the MAC on Tuesday.

MAC faces angry crowd

Members of the Museum of Arts and Culture board appear to be digging in for a protracted battle with other supporters of the financially strapped institution. They gave little sign on Wednesday that they will reverse their controversial decision to fire its executive director as donors, museum members, volunteers and artists warned that they may withdraw support for the MAC without resignations from the board, reinstatement of the fired director or at the least an explanation for why he was fired.

MAC panel supports Rodgers

The group that oversees much of the private funding for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture says it lacks confidence in the leadership of the museum’s board following the controversial firing of the executive director. The MAC’s foundation board on Monday voted 14-0 in support of a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the museum’s terminated director, Forrest Rodgers. The foundation board also called on the executive committee of the MAC’s board, which made the original decision to fire Rodgers, to resign, said Paul Ellyson, president of the foundation board.

Tumult follows firing at MAC

The fallout from the controversial firing of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture executive director has put the financially struggling institution in a perilous spot that MAC supporters fear threatens donor support, relationships with regional Indian tribes and even the museum itself. Two members of the board that oversees the MAC – the Eastern Washington State Historical Society board of trustees – resigned last week in protest of the decision to fire Forrest B. Rodgers.

Formal vote fires museum director

The board that oversees the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Wednesday upheld the firing of the museum’s executive director, a decision that revealed significant division between the board and many museum supporters. After a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly three hours, the MAC Board of Trustees voted 13-7 to terminate Forrest B. Rodgers, who has led the museum since Aug. 1. Board members refused to explain the decision.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture fires director

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture fired its executive director on Tuesday, less than a year after recruiting him to Spokane. Forrest B. Rodgers confirmed that the executive committee of the museum’s board terminated him on Tuesday. It’s unclear if the museum’s full board voted on the termination.

Governor proposes MAC closure

“Stunned,” “shocked” and “disappointed” were the words used by Chris Schnug, president of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board, after learning that the governor’s 2011-’13 budget proposal calls for closing the museum and slashing staff funding from 34.8 to 2.8 full-time equivalents. Yet she also was “very optimistic” that the MAC will, in the end, remain open.