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[January 27, 2009]

Director of Clayton, N.Y., boat museum plans to retire at year's end

(Watertown Daily Times (NY) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 27--CLAYTON -- The Antique Boat Museum's executive director, John C. MacLean, plans to resign in less than a year and the boat museum is seeking candidates for his replacement.

Mr. MacLean said he and his family decided it was time to move toward retirement and pass on his responsibilities as the museum's executive director to a younger person.

"At the end of 2009," he said, "I will be months away from my 65th birthday."

Mr. MacLean, who is a published novelist, said he also wants to get back to his writing.

Although he will be officially stepping down Jan. 1, Mr. MacLean said he will continue to assist the museum for six months or so to help it organize an upcoming endowment campaign.

"I'll be around," he said.

Mr. MacLean said his affiliation with the boat museum started in 1986 when he worked as a consultant for the museum for two years. In 1994, he started running a series of campaigns for the museum and was hired as the director of development. He became the museum's executive director in 2002.


The museum's board of directors will begin to search for Mr. MacLean's replacement and plans to make an appointment this summer. Interviews for the position will be held in April and May.

The newly appointed executive director should be in residence by the fall to allow for a three-month transition.

The new executive director will oversee the operation of the museum's 4.5-acre river campus with five new exhibit buildings, a collection of more than 270 antique boats and 40 full- and part-time employees. The museum's operating budget is about $1.6 million.

The executive director also will be responsible for obtaining donations, promoting the museum and developing relationships with other institutions.

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