Speed Art Museum COO Lisa Resnik

We won’t deny it … we were shocked and disappointed when Charles Venable announced last month he was leaving for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

But we just got this from the Speed Art Museum, where they apparently have begun the process of replacing Venable, the museum’s CEO, just as the Speed moves forward on a $50 million expansion.

The Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees has announced a co-interim director team of  COO Lisa Resnik, CFO David Knopf and Scott Erbes, director of Collections and Exhibitions.

Venable’s last day at the Speed will be September 23, according to a news release.

Together, the three co-interim directors will form a Leadership Team, “directing the operations and implementing the strategies of the Speed Museum,” according to the release.

Lisa Resnik, COO of the museum, is chairwoman of the Leadership Team and will have signing authority for all documents requiring the signature of the director, according to the release.

Resnik, COO since 2011, has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and campaign planning, administration and organization stewardship. Her background includes work in higher and secondary education and the visual and performing arts. She joined the Speed in 2007 as a campaign consultant and in 2009 was promoted to director of Capital Campaign and Strategic Initiatives, according to the release.

From the release:

Knopf has almost 30 years experience as a CPA, with a background in bank management and accounting. In 1984, he joined the Speed as business manager and was appointed chief financial officer in 2002. Erbes joined the museum in 1999 and currently serves as the Speed’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. He manages a team of registrars, art preparators, and other staff; oversees collections registration and care; and plans, designs and executes gallery spaces and exhibitions.

At a recent meeting, the board also chartered a Search Committee to be led by Todd Lowe, chairman of the Speed’s Board of Trustees.

About the Speed Art Museum: The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed plays an important role in the cultural and educational life of the region serving more than 30,000 school children annually through community outreach programs, workshops, tours, summer camps, and the award winning Art Sparks interactive gallery. The Speed is currently undergoing a three-year multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North Building, Art Park and a public piazza. To view a virtual tour or for more information, visit www.speedmuseum.org. Museum hours through September 23, 2012 are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (open late); Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday.