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Balboa Park’s Timken Museum Appoints New General Manager

A portrait of Megan Pogue, the new general manager of the Timken Museum of Art.

Megan Pogue, a former vice president at the San Diego Symphony, will be the first general manager at the Timken Museum of Art.

Megan Pogue, a former vice president at the San Diego Symphony, will be the first general manager at the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

The small, jewelbox museum has always had executive directors who handled both the curatorial and administrative duties. Now, Pogue will run the administrative side of the museum, while New York-based art restorer David Bull handles the curatorial side through the end of 2015.

"Megan's strong leadership, commitment to the arts and in-depth knowledge of the San Diego community provides the opportunity for a new direction for Timken Museum of Art,” said Tim Zinn, president of the Timken's board of directors, in a statement.

Pogue comes from the San Diego Symphony where she was vice president of business development for 11 years. She helped increase revenue there from $8 million in 2003 to $23 million in 2014. She created the Symphony's annual Tux 'n Tennies event and was instrumental to the success of the Summer Pops program.

“We shall build on the strength and quality of what Timken Museum of Art has established over the last 50 years, and I look forward to increasing its presence and relevance in the community, as well as in the national and international art world," said Pogue in a statement.

She’ll take over the duties of interim chief operating officer Anita Crider.

The Timken parted ways with former director John Wilson last year, in a move that surprised and upset some in the local art scene. The board brought in Bull to serve as visiting director through 2015, the Timken’s 50th anniversary year and the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.

Pogue starts her new post on Friday.

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