Introduction: WHY WORK IN A MUSEUM?
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Museum directors are hired by the organization's board of trustees to implement their directives and to oversee the museum's financial security and operations. At museums without boards, such as some university galleries or government-run museums, directors are usually overseen by an administrative office within the parent organization as well as an advisory committee. But the director's position is hardly a passive one, as reflected in the increased use of the title of chief executive officer (CEO), which connotes a closer link to business models than academic ones meaningless scholarship and more money management. A museum director must be able to identify and anticipate current and future needs of the museum and establish goals based on those needs, especially in terms of its financial stability and growth and its relationship to the community. Thus, successful museum directors establish mutually beneficial relationships with the organization's board members.