The director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History will leave his post at the end of the month after 4 1/2 years on the job.
Samuel McElroy Taylor's resignation was not expected, museum spokeswoman Betsy Momich said. She said the first priority now is to get an interim management plan together for the transition. A search plan for a replacement will follow, but Ms. Momich said it was too early to know how that would unfold.
Mr. Taylor, a marine biologist and science educator by training, assumed the director's job in April 2008. He had advised museums and other scientific organizations as director of Samuel Taylor Museum Consulting.
"I have spent four and a half wonderful years at Carnegie Museum of Natural History," Mr. Taylor said in a statement, "and I am so proud of our museum's work reorganizing staff into professional centers and developing a plan that positions the museum for a vibrant and prosperous future.
"As the museum's work now turns from visioning to long-term implementation, I've decided this is the appropriate time for me to pursue opportunities with other science-based organizations that, like the Museum of Natural History, are re-visioning their futures."
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