Our community is saddened that Dick Wescott will leave for greener pastures in February after providing the Augusta-Richmond County Museum with 17 years of superb leadership - including presiding over the museum's recent transition to its new quarters at Sixth and Reynolds streets.
We wish the creative Briton well in future endeavors, and welcome Wescott's successor as museum director. Scott W. Loehr appears to be an excellent choice. The museum's board of trustees picked him unanimously over four other well qualified candidates because they were particularly impressed with his administrative experience and "love of history."
The 38-year-old Loehr's 12 years in the museum field includes the last eight years as administrator of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, N.C. He oversaw development of the museum's historical complex - a 6-acre, multimillion-dollar campus of three historical resources: the museum, the 1897 E.A. Poe House and Arsenal Park.
This experience should stand Loehr in good stead, as one of his first tasks here will be to complete a rich tapestry of exhibit offerings. Westcott got it off to a great start, but there's still important work ahead.