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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:00 am

McALLEN — The International Museum of Art and Science’s executive director officially resigned last week.

Joseph Bravo submitted his resignation April 8, along with a 17-page letter detailing the museum’s progress during the past three years. The museum’s board accepted Bravo’s resignation last week.

“The next phase of IMAS’ evolution is going to require a strong leader who can be the architect of the long term financial stability of the museum,” according to Bravo’s letter. “This person will have to effectively project a vision to the museum’s Board of Trustees that the Board will be willing to enthusiastically support with their commitment of sufficient financial resources and social capital. This leader will need to have extraordinary nonprofit financial acumen and diplomatic skills.”

While popular with local artists and many donors, Bravo occasionally clashed with the museum’s volunteer board. The extent of those differences, including disagreements over Bravo’s priorities for the museum, and whether they contributed to his resignation, remain unclear.

Bravo wouldn’t comment on any tension between him and the board. Museum spokeswoman Gaby Jones said Bravo had accomplished his goals and decided to move on — by resigning.

“Right now we are in a transition period and we actually have a task force that has been launched already to search for the museum’s next director,” Jones said, adding that Bravo may provide “curatorial consultancy services” during the interim.

The museum also released a statement attributed to board President Juan Carlos Suarez.

“We are looking confidently to the future by leveraging the successes of our past and the forward thinking plans we have set in motion,” Suarez said, according to the museum.

A San Antonio native, Bravo taught art history at University of the Incarnate Word before taking the museum’s top job in August 2010. Back then, Bravo said he envisioned growing with the museum, which could become the premier institution between Mexico City and San Antonio.

“I didn’t come down here to turn around and go to Dallas in three years,” Bravo told The Monitor in August 2010. “I will be here for the rest of my career, God and McAllen willing.”


Dave Hendricks covers McAllen for The Monitor. He can be reached at and (956) 683-4452 or on Twitter, @dmhj.

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