Dennis Szakacs, who has served as the director and chief executive officer of the Orange County Museum of Art since 2003, will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year, the museum announced on Thursday.
Szakacs said in a statement sent by the museum that he is leaving OCMA to "explore new opportunities." The museum said its board has formed a search committee and engaged the services of a search firm to find its next director and CEO.
In a phone interview, Szakacs said that it was his decision to step down and that he is leaving because "I felt I had accomplished what I came to do." He described the museum as being in good financial health.
Szakacs said that his next position will likely be "in the museum world" but he didn't elaborate. Before coming to OCMA, he worked at the New Museum in New York and at the Museum of Modern Art's PS1, also in New York.