GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The board of trustees of The Hyde Collection is proud to announce it has appointed Norman E. Dascher Jr. as the museum’s chief executive officer after an extensive national search.Dascher, a resident of Diamond Point on Lake George and longtime regional nonprofit executive, brings to the Hyde more than three decades of nonprofit leadership experience and a lifetime appreciation of art. He will succeed Anne Saile, who has served as a director since June 2017.
“Norm brings to the Hyde long and successful experience in raising money and expanding modern nonprofit institutions to serve the growing needs of communities,” said David Howson, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “His commitment to preserving the Hyde legacy, building new audiences and ensuring the best and most modern visitor experience will build on the Hyde’s momentum and its many strengths.”
Most recently, Dascher served as president of Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Troy, N.Y., and as vice president of St. Peter’s Health Partners. “As the son of an artist, I have great appreciation for the power of art to build community and change lives, so I am very excited to be at The Hyde Collection,” Dascher said. “I look forward to building on the legacy of the Pruyn and Hyde families and working closely with our regional community to continue the amazing energy the museum has created over the past few years.”
His appointment at the Hyde comes after a particularly successful few years, marked by increased donations, innovative programming and community collaboration. In June 2016, the museum opened Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, a 1,500-square-foot space dedicated to the exhibition of modern and contemporary art, broadening the Hyde’s scope, which already included medieval, renaissance, European, American and decorative arts.
In June 2017, Anne Saile was appointed interim director to lead the museum until the ideal chief executive was secured. She is an accomplished nonprofit CEO and founder of The Saile Group LLC, a business development and leadership consulting firm and former president of Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady, N.Y.
“There are few people in whose care I would feel as confident leaving the museum as Norm’s,” Saile said. “He has the right connections, knowledge and passion to keep the Hyde’s trajectory of success and growth moving forward.”