If you were born in the past 20 years or arrived in Boston during that period, you've known only one director of the Museum of Fine Arts: Malcolm Rogers. He is, in fact, the longest serving director in the MFA's 144 year history. When he told the MFA's Board of Directors last winter that he planned to step down soon, there were tears and a standing ovation for a job well done.
Under his guidance, the museum has grown dramatically. Rogers added new galleries and renovated older ones. He oversaw the completion of the MFA's Art of the America's wing. Attendance grew by 30 percent, and the museum's endowment tripled. No wonder Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thought it fitting to honor Rogers earlier this month with an official "Malcolm Rogers Day."
Malcolm Rogers, director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
- "Mayor Marty Walsh has declared Sunday, Sept. 7, 'Malcolm Rogers Day,' in honor of the outgoing director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."
- "Malcolm Rogers, who has spearheaded the Boston Museum of Fine Arts expansion, late on Thursday announced plans to retire after serving as director of the museum since 1994.
This article was originally published on September 17, 2014.
This segment aired on September 17, 2014.