David Mickenberg is the new President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

His appointment was unanimously approved at a special October meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Mickenberg was until recently CEO of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., and previously was director of the prominent university art museums at Wellesley College and Northwestern University.

Mickenberg, a Brooklyn native, was chosen after an international search. He will relocate to the Lehigh Valley with his wife, Judy, and join the Museum on Nov. 18.

“David is an experienced, energetic museum director with a vision of what the experience should be for a visitor in an art museum in the 21st century,” said Dolores Laputka, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Moreover, he strives to embrace the community and form collaborations, especially with regional colleges and artists. His ability to bring varied and engaging programs to a new facility is an excellent match to what we are poised to do here, and his successful fundraising experience will strengthen the Museum’s financial position and provide exciting new growth opportunities.”

Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Chair of the Search Committee and a Trustee, said, “David will bring vision and creative new ideas as we develop the Museum’s next Strategic Plan. The Search Committee admired the way David had met significant challenges during his career and had become stronger with each test. His fundraising, administrative, and creative skills will prove invaluable as we parlay Allentown’s downtown redevelopment and new arena for the benefit of both the city and the Museum.”

Mickenberg said, “I am honored to lead the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley and to build upon its world-class collections of European and American art, exciting special exhibitions, and educational programs, which have firmly established the Museum’s reputation in the region. The Museum is a beloved treasure and a major economic asset to Allentown, the Lehigh Valley, and Eastern Pennsylvania, and I am excited to leverage new friends and opportunities.”

He added, “I was impressed by the commitment of the Museum’s board, volunteers, and staff and am eager to begin working with this talented group. I look forward to relocating to the Lehigh Valley and working closely with community organizations, schools and colleges, the tourism industry, the business community, and state and local officials to ensure that the Museum remains a significant force in the economic, educational, and social development of the region."