WORCESTER – The Worcester Art Museum at 55 Salisbury St. hired Mark Spuria Monday as chief financial officer, a new position in which Spuria will oversee all financial operations, with an emphasis on assuring alignment with the museum’s strategic goals.
In a statement, the museum said Spuria comes with more than 20 years of experience in financial management and administration in the arts, having served most recently as the general manager and chief financial officer of Maynard-based Verne Q. Powell Flutes, where he worked since 1996.
Spuria also was principal clarinetist for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for seven years, and has held positions on the boards of nonprofit organizations including ARTSWorcester and the Worcester Chamber Music Society, and as a corporator and member of the Finance Committee for the Worcester Art Museum.
Matthias Waschek, the director of the museum, said in the statement, “This is an exciting time at the Museum, as we both tackle near-term needs and plan for future initiatives. Mark’s experience both in the for-profit world and in the arts will certainly benefit the institution.”
As the museum addressed its future needs, including the planning and construction of new, permanent galleries for the Higgins Armory Collection, its leadership prioritized the creation of a CFO position.
The search to fill the role was launched in November.
“I am honored to accept the position of chief financial officer at the Worcester Art Museum, an institution that I have been involved with for many years as a visitor and a volunteer,” Spuria said. “With my years in the for-profit, arts-related sector, I am very excited to put that experience in motion to help this wonderful organization move to the next level in meeting its strategic mission.”
The museum was founded in 1896 and has an assembled collection of 38,000 objects from the ancient Near East and Asia, to European and American paintings and sculptures, and continuing…
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