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Karen Kemp resigns as executive director at the Albany Museum of Art

Kemp had held the the AMA's top spot since summer 2012

Karen Kemp

Karen Kemp

ALBANY — After two years on the job, Karen Kemp has resigned as executive director of the Albany Museum of Art.

Her resignation was confirmed Tuesday morning by museum Board of Trustees Past President Steve Hinton, who is handling day-to-day operations and described himself as the AMA’s “interim interim” director.

AMA Board of Trustees President Banks Margeson issued the following statement:

“Karen Kemp has resigned as executive director of the Albany Museum of Art for personal reasons,” Margeson said. “We appreciate all Karen has done for the museum over the past two years. The executive committee is working diligently on an action plan in finding a permanent replacement.

“We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Kemp was named interim director in August of 2012 and was named full-time director in August of last year. She said he decision to resign was difficult, but was made in the best interest of her family.

"I have loved my two years at the museum, but I felt with my family situation that I needed some life-work balance and some flexibility," Kemp said. "I decided to step aside so I would not be a distraction."

Kemp said she will continue her work with the state Republican Party.

"I will continue to work in the district for the GOP in counties that lack local Republican groups and help build organizations where we currently have none."

Kemp, whose name has been mentioned to fill the vacant District t2 Georgia School Board seat formerly held by Elizabeth Ragsdale, said that job played no role in her decision to step aside at the AMA

"Of course, I am flattered that my name has been mentioned for the state school board," Kemp said. "But there have been no official conversations about the position."