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Remington museum taps Laura Foster as permanent director

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Laura A. Foster was named Wednesday as executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St.

Ms. Foster, the museum’s curator since 1989, has held the executive director’s position in an interim capacity since April. She replaced Edward A. LaVarnway, who retired.

The museum’s board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of Ms. Foster’s appointment at its meeting Wednesday.

Ms. Foster’s annual salary will be $69,000. She will retain her curator duties.

“The trustees of the museum are very happy to finalize the appointment of Laura as executive director,” William M. Cavanaugh, president of the board, said Thursday. “Laura brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the table. She shares the board’s vision for excellence and we are all looking forward to working with her.”

Board Vice President Kathleen R. Wade agreed.

“I think we’re very fortunate to have Laura,” she said. “I have nothing but positive things to say about her.”

Ms. Foster said she was pleased with how she has been able to take on her new responsibilities, especially administration, finance and budgeting, development planning and public relations.

“I’m really happy with my development as an administrator,” she said, adding that she also had the benefit of a “closer and closer relationship with my mentors on the board.”

The transition, she added, has been a pleasantly surprising one.

“I am surprised at how much I love this work,” Ms. Foster said. “It’s been so interesting to see the museum’s operation from the executive director position. I’m amazed at all I’ve learned and am especially thankful to the museum’s trustees and staff who have developed a new level of teamwork and been incredibly helpful to me as we move forward together.”

Ms. Foster, 47, is a native of Potsdam and a resident of Canton.

She was one of 24 candidates for the job.

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