Steven Kern was appointed seventh director and chief executive officer of the Newark Museum in 2013. Under his leadership, Kern contributed to strengthening the museum’s image on the national and international stage. Before joining the Newark Museum, Kern served as executive director of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, since 2008, and as director of the William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut State Art Museum, University of Connecticut. He also served as curator of European art at the San Diego Museum of Art; curator of paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and curator of European art and exhibitions and acting director at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts. A polished communicator, Kern has appeared many times on radio and television as both host and interviewee. He lectured at the School of Continuing Education, University of California, San Diego, and the Williams College Graduate Program. Kern received his MA in art history from Johns Hopkins University, and two BAs in French language and literature and art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.