After seven creative and dynamic years of leadership as director of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, it is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Charlie Stainback, effective February 28, 2020.
Charlie came to Ursinus in late 2012 as a consultant for the Berman Museum before officially taking the helm as director in early 2013. We at Ursinus talk a lot about championing risk taking and from the very beginning, Charlie did just that at the Berman, bringing a new vision and energy not only to the exhibitions he mounted, but also by the way he engaged with people both on and off campus. Charlie always said he aimed to make people “comfortable with being uncomfortable” and intrigued enough by unconventional art on view to ask themselves, “Why am I intrigued?”
His leadership and style brought newer and broader media and audience attention to the Berman and, resultantly, Ursinus College. Charlie’s development of the Berman National Advisory Council both augmented and fortified this visibility. During his tenure, the Berman Foundation permanently gave art to the college that was valued at approximately $3 million at the time, along with a $1 million special exhibition fund, the largest grant ever made by the foundation to any organization.
In addition, Charlie worked diligently and successfully in encouraging the Ursinus faculty to utilize the museum and its exhibitions as part of their classes. Since his arrival, Charlie has improved our community with innovative, influential programs and he’s been a huge supporter of making Ursinus a “destination campus” through museum programming. His creativity will be sorely missed.
Charlie’s last day is February 28, 2020. Please take a moment to congratulate Charlie and wish him well.
Jill Leauber Marsteller ’78
Senior Vice President for Advancement