BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The director of the Walters Art Museum has announced he will step down from his post after serving for 18 years in that role.

Gary Vikan said he would leave June 30, 2013 or when his successor is in place.

Vikan has led Walters through many transitions, including eliminating the general admission fee that increased the museum’s attendance and the diversity of its audience and expanding school and family programs.

“Gary will be leaving the Walters a very different museum from the one that he entered,” said Douglas Hamilton, Jr., president of the Walters Art Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Those of us who care deeply about this jewel and about our community owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.”


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