Academy Museum COO Steps Down

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Rich Cherry will remain with the museum through the end of February.

Rich Cherry, the COO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's currently-under-construction film museum, has resigned after just one year in the position, a spokesperson for the museum confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter

“The Academy is grateful to Rich Cherry for his service over the past year as our Chief Operating Officer. During his time with the Museum, he helped guide us effectively through a critical period of construction and institutional planning. Rich will remain with the Museum through the end of February. We wish him success as he focuses on his museum consultancy firm. The Museum has begun a search for the next COO,” reads a statement from the museum spokesperson.

Cherry joined the museum as COO in February of last year, after having previously overseen construction of The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. A founding principal of Modern Operations, a museum construction, start-up and operations consultancy, Cherry was also overseeing construction at the Academy's museum site at the old May Co. building at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the Miracle Mile District, where the museum's spherical auditorium designed by Renzo Piano is currently taking shape.

The museum's construction was originally slated to be finished in 2017, but its planned opening has since been delayed until early 2019.