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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts leader set to retire

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts executive director has announced his retirement after 23 years, but will remain on the job until a successor is hired.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that it could take up to a year to replace Jim Bridenstine. He is an art historian who earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Holy Cross in 1967 and a master's in the History of Art from George Washington University in 1975. He completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program in 1978.

He previously was the director of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House from 1986 to 1990. The Detroit native worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1976 to 1986.

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