Regents Advisory Council on Museums

The Regents Advisory Council on Museums is established with a total of eleven members.  Members serve by appointment by the Commissioner with approval by the Board of Regents.  Members serve for a maximum of five years with staggered terms.  The council offers advice and consultation on issues of policy and service delivery pursuant to the Board’s statutory mandate to operate the State Museum and oversee museums across New York State. The Advisory Council is supported by staff from the Office of Cultural Education and the Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education acts as the convener and chair of the council, but without vote.

Charge of the Regents Advisory Council on Museums:

  • Monitor and Advise. The Regents Advisory Council on Museums will monitor and advise on education programs, funding opportunities and operations of the State Museum as well as policies, long-range plans, legislative proposals and regulations affecting museums and historical societies. The Advisory Council will also monitor and advise on Federal policies regarding museums and historical societies.
  • Strengthen. The Regents Advisory Council will work to strengthen the programs and services of the Museum, and other programs and services of the State Education Department that affect museums and historical societies.
  • Communicate. The Regents Advisory Council will ensure that effective communication takes place with the Regents and the Commissioner of Education regarding museums and historical societies. The Regents Advisory Council will also ensure that effective communication takes place between the Regents and the museum community. The Regents Advisory Council will seek to build an effective consensus on all policies and programs affecting all types of museums.
  • Advocate. The Regents Advisory Council will act as an advocate for museums, museum staff, and museum trustees. The Council will coordinate advocacy for Regents Initiatives with SED/OCE programs.

The Commissioner has selected the following appointees that represent institutions from across the state of varying sizes and specialties:

  • Dr. Anthony Bannon Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo
  • Kate Bennett, President, Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO, New York State Historical Association
  • Cecilia Esposito, Director, Plattsburgh State College Art Museum
  • Catherine Gilbert, Director, Museum Association of New York
  • Thelma Golden, Director, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Kim Kanatani, Director of Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • Beth E. Levinthal , Executive Director, Hofstra University Museum
  • Anthony J. Ortega, Executive Vice President, Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)
  • David Slippen, Senior Director of Government Relations, American Museum of Natural History
  • Martin E. Sullivan, Director, National Portrait Gallery

Regents Advisory Council Meeting Agendas

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