Philip Verre assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer in October 2007. Prior to that time he held the position of Deputy Director for seven years. Verre has played a role in several of the Museum’s key initiatives and institutional strategies, including the establishment of the David C. Driskell Prize in 2005 and . Verre came to the High from the Hudson River Museum, where he was appointed Director in 1990. There, he had oversight of administrative, development and programmatic activities, including a $2.2 million restoration of the Glenview Mansion. Under Verre’s leadership, the Hudson River Museum experienced a doubling of museum attendance over a five-year period, increased and diversified funding and popular programming. In his 40 years of museum experience, Verre has organized or coordinated 22 major exhibitions, published nine catalogues and numerous articles and essays. Verre holds a Master’s in art history from The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Middlebury College in Vermont. In 1989 Verre attended the Getty Center’s prestigious Museum Management Institute at Berkeley and was a member of Leadership Atlanta class of 2005.