HARVARD — As of Saturday, Oct. 1, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard is operating under the leadership of a newly-appointed interim director. Susan Davy, 66, has been named to lead Fruitlands’ museum, restaurant and function hall operations following the departure of prior CEO Tim Firment of Harvard.
Firment vacated the top office last month after announcing his intentions to leave Fruitlands in July. Firment told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette at that time that he was leaving to seek unspecified job opportunities.
Firment replaced Maud Ayson in 2009 during a volatile time for the museum. Ayson left after it came to light that former Fruitlands CFO Peggy Kempton had squandered more than a million dollars in both museum funds and in credit opened in the name of several Fruitlands’ employees. Kempton is serving a 3-5 year state prison sentence.
Davy has held executive positions at several major New England institutions, including her work as the vice president of finance and administration at the New England Conservatory of Music. Davy has also served as the director of finance and operations at the Isabella Stewart Gardner and Peabody Essex Museums.
Davy and her husband, Don McKillop, have lived on Martha’s Vineyard full time since 2008. The couple owns and operates the Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery in Oak Bluffs which they bought in April 2009. A photographer, Davy is among the two dozen artists whose works were showcased for sale at the Oak Bluffs gallery.
Davy has also served previously as the interim Executive Director at Dorchester CARES and the Executive Director at the Cambridge Montessori School.
Davy is to serve in a part time capacity until the Fruitlands Board of Directors appoints a new executive director, which is expected in a year’s time. Davy’s employment terms run through April 1, 2012 according to her LinkedIn account.
Davy also serves as a member of the Transition Consultant Pool for Third Sector New England, a nonprofit agency which provides management services for nonprofits in the midst of transition, including administrative, financial and human resources support.
Davy has an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and an MBA from George Mason University School of Management.
Board President Marie LeBlanc has stated the search for a new Fruitlands CEO is expected to last up to six months. The Board is expected to be aided by an executive search service to filter the field of applicants and vet finalists.