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Interim leadership of the museum will be shared by Chief Engagement Officer Hilary Dunne Ferrone, Chief Experience Officer Craig Langlois, and Chief Operating Officer Miriam Kronberg.

Jeff Rodgers Steps Down as Berkshire Museum Executive Director

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Rodgers stepped down as Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum on Sept. 10, 2021, after two and a half years in the position.
 
"Thanks to the hard work of many, the museum has made tremendous progress. We are financially secure, deferred maintenance issues have been addressed, and we have just celebrated the re-opening of our second-floor galleries and learning spaces after extensive renovations," Rogers said. "The strength of the museum's current position makes my decision easier."
 
Rodgers was appointed in 2019. Prior to the appointment, Rodgers was the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.
 
Board of Trustees President Ethan Klepetar expressed gratitude on behalf of the board for Rodgers' contributions. 
 
"Jeff has led the museum in a steady, thoughtful manner that has set the organization on a path to a brighter future, and his creative insights have laid the groundwork for exciting improvements in development today," he said. "He has built a strong leadership team around him which will now confidently share interim leadership of the museum as the staff continue to create innovative new programs and experiences for our community and carry on partnerships Jeff has built with other community organizations that have strengthened the Berkshires cultural community."
 
The Berkshire Museum's Board of Trustees will engage a search firm to assist with a national search for a new director. Interim leadership of the museum will be shared by Chief Engagement Officer Hilary Dunne Ferrone, Chief Experience Officer Craig Langlois, and Chief Operating Officer Miriam Kronberg.

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Pittsfield Man Charged in Second Fire at White Terrace Building

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is being charged with arson after firefighters responded Thursday to a second blaze at the large apartment building on White Terrace and North Street.
 
Police say Joseph Stone, 43 was taken into custody on Thursday and will be arraigned on Friday in District Court on a single charge of arson.
 
The fire was called in at about 2:17 p.m. on Thursday at 8 White Terrace. Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire, though the building did suffer damage. No injuries were reported and the investigation led to Stone, said police.
 
The vacant building was the site of a major structure fire on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 White Terrace, the neighboring building. The multi-apartment structures have been vacant since another major fire in 2017 that was deemed accidental.
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