William Lee, director of Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, will resign his post June 30 to spend more time with his family and possibly return to university work, Lee said in a phone interview Thursday.
"I have several opportunities in mind," Lee said, but declined to reveal them.
At the Nov. 25 meeting of the Santa Ana City Council, the council authorized a new $41,000-a-year assistant director position at Bowers, but Lee denied this was a factor in his decision to leave his $51,000-a-year job. "I've been asking for someone in that post for some time," he said. "This museum needs both a strong director and a strong assistant director."