Two Berkshire Museum trustees quit board, one cites art sale

In the Berkshire Museum's New Vision plan, the lobby will be greatly expanded, opening into a two story atrium that will reconfigure the auditorium and the Crane room above.

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Museum's board of trustees held their annual meeting on Monday, but not everyone who cast a vote in the July decision to reinvent the museum was there.

Carol Riordan, who said she abstained from the July 12 vote to auction off art as a means to fund the museum's New Vision, resigned because she disagreed with the plan.

"I resigned because I didn't agree with the strategic direction the museum was taking," said Riordan, who served as the board's treasurer prior to her resignation. "I didn't find it transformative."

Riordan, who resigned last month, declined to provide further detail regarding her opinion and her decision to leave the board.

Nancy Edman Feldman resigned Monday, the day of the annual meeting. She couldn't be reached for comment.

"We deeply appreciate their good work, years of service, and many contributions in support of the museum," board President Elizabeth "Buzz" McGraw said in a press release.

The board voted on Monday to replace the outgoing trustees with Caitlin Pemble and David Neubert, who will serve two-year terms.

Pemble, of Pittsfield, is director of agency talent acquisition and development initiatives at Guardian Life. David Neubert, of Lenox, is a partner in Eagle Bay Advisors, a financial services firm in New York City.

"Our new Trustees bring a wealth of knowledge to our Board, from their professional accomplishments to a deep commitment to community and an understanding of the role our museum plays in the Berkshires," McGraw said. "I am pleased to welcome them as we continue to develop our New Vision for the museum's future."

The board also elected Stephen Bayne, on the board since 2012, to replace Riordan as treasurer. Bayne is general manager of operations and customer fulfillment for the Specialties SBU at SABIC Innovative Plastics. He previously worked for General Electric for 16 years.

Carol Bosco Baumann, a spokesperson for the museum, said new trustees come at the recommendation of the board's nominating committee and are elected during the board's annual meeting in September.

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