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Big change at MFAH: Rich Kinder elected new chairman of renowned museum's board

Big change at MFAH: Board names Rich Kinder the museum's new chairman

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow, left, with new board chairman Rich Kinder and Nancy Kinder. Photo by © Jenny Antill
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Outgoing MFAH board chair Cornelia Long, pictured at the gala with Meredith Long, completes six years at the helm. Cornelia Long , Meredith Long Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston board of trustees unanimously named Rich Kinder chairman. Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
MFAH Turrell dinner June 2013 Gary Tinterow, Rich Kinder, Nancy Kinder
001, MFAH grand gala, October 2012, Cornelia Long, Meredith Long
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It comes as no surprise to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston observers that today the board of trustees unanimously elected Rich Kinder, a life trustee, as its new chairman. Kinder takes up the three-year post as successor to Cornelia Long, who held the position for two full terms or six years.

Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, Kinder has long been active with the museum. He has chaired the long range planning committee and has served on the executive and finance committees since becoming a trustee in 1988. He chaired the search committee that recruited director Gary Tinterow in 2011. Kinder and his wife, Nancy, chaired the MFAH Grand Gala Ball in 2001.

While Long is stepping down, she is not stepping out of the museum purview. As a life trustee, she will head the future capital and endowment campaign for the museum’s planned campus redevelopment.

In a prepared statement, Tinterow noted, “All of us recognize the sound guidance that Rich Kinder has provided over a broad range of capacities on the MFAH board, most recently as chair of the long range planning committee.

"We are profoundly grateful to Rich for ensuring a strong transition from the distinguished governance that Cornelia Long has provided in her tenure as chairman.”