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Schultz did a great job as art gallery director

I would like to commend The News for “The Grachos Decade” article. It was informative, interesting and well-balanced.

However, it mischaracterized Louis Grachos’ hiring process. In 2002, the board was not “desperate to reverse the increasingly evident signs of decline.” In late spring of 2002, Douglas Schultz, after 19 important years as director, and almost 30 years of loyal service to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, tendered his resignation. At that point, the board engaged in a national search for a replacement. Grachos was one of many candidates interviewed. The board hired him, starting Jan. 1, 2003, and a decade of great accomplishment began.

Charles Balbach

President, 1996-2002

Board of Directors

Albright-Knox Art Gallery