Future Art Museum Names New Director

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks has selected Bill Mercer, a museum administrator with more than 20 years of related experience, as its new director of operations.

Mercer will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of executive director Fran Brough, who served with CMATO for the past three years.

Plans call for opening an interim museum early this year. The permanent museum is proposed for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, west of Dallas Drive.

Mercer attended Moorpark College and Cal State Northridge. He has a master’s degree in museum administration from Texas Tech University.

He served as curator for the Cincinnati and Portland art museums, museum director for the Montana Historical Society, and as curatorial consultant for the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art with a focus on collections management, exhibition development and planning for special projects.

He is affiliated with the Native American Art Studies Association, Mountain Plains Museums Association, American Association of Museums and the International Society of Appraisers.

Brough was a former executive director of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, which fostered the original concept of the regional art museum. She continues to serve on the board of Community Conscience/ Under One Roof, the advisory council of Conejo Senior Volunteer Program and on the CLVFF board of trustees.

For more information, email info@cmato.org.