MV Museum director David Nathans will depart in March

Museum Executive Director David Nathans encouraged everyone to eat as much as they wanted: "We're like IHOP" he remarked, "come hungry, leave happy." — Siobhan Beasley

Martha’s Vineyard Museum executive director David Nathans will step down on March 31, 2016, after six years in the position. A search committee will be formed immediately to hire a new director, according to a press release.

Mr. Nathans took the lead in the Museum’s 2011 purchase of the old Marine Hospital/St. Pierre Summer School property, which overlooks Lagoon Pond in Vineyard Haven. The new museum is scheduled to open in 2018.

“As we mark a positive milestone in our capital campaign and begin the detailed design and building process, it is a comfortable moment in our institutional history for us to make this change,” museum board of directors chair Elizabeth Beim said in the press release. “We will seek a new leader to build on David’s legacy and maintain momentum on our move to Vineyard Haven. We sincerely and warmly wish David well as he too starts a new phase of his life.”