Report to the Field: The Status of Succession Planning in New York State Museums

April 2008

A status report about how museums across the state are addressing issues of leadership transition and development of staff leadership through succession planning was released at the 2008 UHA/MANY Annual Conference in Albany. The report is the result of a year's worth of field research funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Among the findings: the very term "succession planning" is almost universally not well understood; an affinity for the concept has a great deal to do with where a person is in his or her career; and since the likelihood of adding succession planning to already long "to-do" lists is slim, it must be integrated as seamlessly as possible into an organization's planning culture.

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