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MAC exec violated state laws, auditor says

OLYMPIA – The Museum of Arts and Culture’s executive director has “violated multiple state laws and gifted public funds”, an report by the state auditor’s office said this morning.

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.

MAC board meets over Rodgers lawsuit

The embattled board of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture got an earful Tuesday from museum supporters as the board president vowed to resolve a lawsuit filed last week in response to the controversial firing of director Forrest Rodgers. After an open meeting, the board met behind closed doors to privately discuss the lawsuit filed by Rodgers, who alleges the executive board of the MAC “egregiously orchestrated and implemented the unlawful April 24 termination” of Rodgers while violating both state termination and open records laws. But the board came out of the session without voting on any action.

New MAC board members could shift power

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 members of the museum’s separate foundation board when that group voted unanimously to criticize the firing of Forrest Rodgers, who was let go in April.

Rodgers rejects MAC offer of two months pay

The terminated director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has declined an offer to go away quietly. Last week, an attorney representing the MAC board offered the museum’s former director, Forrest Rodgers, two months of pay and a letter of recommendation if he didn’t sue and signed a “non-disparagement” agreement. The board also for the first time outlined reasons he was fired, including “poor performance.”

MAC board’s letter outlines reasons for firing Rodgers

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board is accusing its popular former director of “poor performance” and is standing behind his controversial termination. In a letter sent this week to former director Forrest Rodgers, the board offered to provide essentially two months of severance pay and provide a letter of recommendation to assist in his search for a new job. But despite community outrage over Rodgers’ dismissal, the board gave no indication it wanted him back on the job.

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 to meet amid outcry

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

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.

MAC board fires director again

The board of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Cultures upheld the firing of the museum’s executive director this afternoon, in a decision that has revealed significant division between the board and many museum supporters.

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.