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DAYTONA BEACH — Andrew Sandall, who has overseen a flurry of construction and expansion projects at the Museum of Arts & Sciences since he took over as executive director in 2012, has announced he's leaving Florida for a new position.

Sandall will be moving in early January to take over as president and CEO of The Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, the second-largest museum in that state and its only Smithsonian Affiliate.

"I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in my nearly 10 years here at MOAS," Sandall said. "It’s quite something to think of how the museum has changed, both physically and programmatically."

Sandall has steered the museum through a chain of major projects that began with construction of the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art located on the eastern end of the sprawling museum property. Sandall called the art museum "magnificent" and said it "defined the early years of my time here."

"It is wonderful to look at the museum as it is today and see it so vibrant and full of life, with programs and events that the local community seems to be really enjoying, and the most incredible team of staff, trustees and volunteers who just amaze me with their endless passion and creativity, and who I know I will miss greatly," he said.

In July Daytona Beach's Museum of Arts & Sciences celebrated 50 years of operating on its large wooded site off of Nova Road. Museum Executive Director Andrew Sandall is pictured holding a photograph of the museum's original building that was used from the late 1940s until the late 1960s. Also holding the photo are Cici Brown, at left, who has been deeply involved in the museum, and Leila Gosney, the first board chair after the museum opened its Nova Road location.
In July Daytona Beach's Museum of Arts & Sciences celebrated 50 years of operating on its large wooded site off of Nova Road. Museum Executive Director Andrew Sandall is pictured holding a photograph of the museum's original building that was used from the late 1940s until the late 1960s. Also holding the photo are Cici Brown, at left, who has been deeply involved in the museum, and Leila Gosney, the first board chair after the museum opened its Nova Road location.

The Museum of Arts & Sciences Board of Trustees is already working on a transition plan that will involve appointing an interim director before embarking on a national search for Sandall’s successor. The hope is the new director will be on board by summer 2022.

Sandall will be staying at MOAS until the end of this year to assist with the leadership transition and help prepare the museum for its impending reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2022.

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Sandall was appointed executive director of the almost 75-year-old Daytona Beach museum in May 2012. He arrived at MOAS, one of the largest museums in Florida, after working in Orlando for several years.

Construction of the new art museum was announced publicly for the first time on Sandall’s third day at MOAS. He immediately jumped into overseeing the design, construction and operation plan for the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, which opened to the public in February 2015.

Large donations and large projects

Overseeing construction projects and raising large amounts of money defined Sandall’s time at the museum, which now has an annual budget of $3 million.

The museum has more than $51 million in endowments, giving it the second-highest endowment tally in Florida. Only a Winter Park museum with $110 million in endowments has amassed more money for its future.

The Museum of Arts & Sciences' sizable endowment and new development are largely due to generous donors such as Cici and Hyatt Brown, Nancy and Lowell Lohman, the Root family and local businessman and philanthropist L. Gale Lemerand.

Daytona Beach businessman and philanthropist L. Gale Lemerand said a few words to a small group inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach last year before a portrait of Lemerand was unveiled. His portrait and name now greet visitors to the museum's west wing to honor Lemerand's $1.3 million donation to the museum's endowment. Pictured standing near Lemerand are local businessmen and leaders J. Hyatt Brown and Randy Dye.
Daytona Beach businessman and philanthropist L. Gale Lemerand said a few words to a small group inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach last year before a portrait of Lemerand was unveiled. His portrait and name now greet visitors to the museum's west wing to honor Lemerand's $1.3 million donation to the museum's endowment. Pictured standing near Lemerand are local businessmen and leaders J. Hyatt Brown and Randy Dye.

During Sandall's watch, the museum tackled the redesign and reconstruction of the flood-damaged Lemerand Wing, formerly known as the west wing.

He also oversaw construction of the Lohman Planetarium and new main entrance lobby as well as the upgrade and redisplay of the Root Family Wing. The Root Wing project included enclosing and adding climate control to the Train Station, allowing the museum’s collections to be displayed alongside the real passenger carriers.

In addition to leading the construction projects, Sandall was also tasked with modernizing the museum’s programming and exhibits to bring them into the 21st century.

He was also entrusted with reshaping and rebuilding the MOAS staff to better fit the museum's needs and grow its role as a fixture of the local social scene. That involved holding educational events and programs, and debuting more adult-oriented programs such as the weekly Yoga in the Gallery classes at the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art and the quarterly wine tastings.

Efforts have also been made to grow signature events such as the annual Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra concerts, and solidify the Asbury Short Film Concerts as a yearly fixture in the community.

"The board is grateful for Andrew Sandall’s work at the museum and all that has been accomplished in the past nine years with Andrew and our excellent staff and volunteers," said Katherine Miller, president of the MOAS Board of Trustees. "We are going to miss Andrew dearly, but we know he will be a great success at his new museum. We look forward to building upon the strong foundation at MOAS and are excited about what the future holds for us."

More about the Daytona museum

MOAS is a non-profit founded in 1955 and chartered by the state of Florida in 1962. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Programs are sponsored in part by the state's Division of Cultural Affairs and Volusia County government.

In July, the museum celebrated 50 years of operating at its Nova Road location.

A few years after World War II ended, three local women opened a children's library in a vacant military barracks building that stood on what is now the eastern edge of the Daytona State College campus. The library in the tiny White Street building evolved into a children's museum, and then it became the birthplace of the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000-square-foot MOAS building is host to more than 30,000 objects including those found in the Dow Gallery of American Art, one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast; the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art; and the Bouchelle Collection and Gallery of Decorative Arts, the largest and most comprehensive collection in the South.

MOAS is also home to the Gillespy Gallery of Sub-Saharan African artifacts; the Cuban Foundation Museum showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States; the Prehistory of Florida gallery featuring the Giant Ground Sloth skeleton; and the Root Family Museum displaying restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in Florida.

The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building exhibits thousands of objects from many donors, and the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum presents an interactive experience for children. The Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium and the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcasing the largest collection of Florida-based paintings in the world also offer plenty for visitors to explore.

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This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Daytona Beach museum director leaving for job with The Morris Museum

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