Thomas Padon, the Vancouver Art Gallery's assistant director and director of its international partnerships, has been named director of the Brandywine River Museum, the museum announced Friday.
Padon, who has been based in New York City, will take up his new post Sept. 1. He succeeds longtime director James Duff, who retired at the end of 2011 as executive director of the Brandywine Conservancy, which operates the museum.
Padon, 54, is only the second director of the museum, which began operations in 1971 in an old grist mill on the banks of Brandywine Creek.
"We reviewed scores of candidates, and are delighted to have found in Tom Padon the ideal mix of museum management experience, leadership style, and enthusiasm for our collection and mission," Virginia A. Logan, who succeeded Duff as executive director of the conservancy, said in a statement.