Chairman’s Message, July 2017

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Erin Coe for her tremendous leadership and incredible accomplishments during a long and influential tenure here at The Hyde.

Many of you have already heard the news that Erin is leaving us this summer to accept a position as Director of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University. While we are delighted to see her take the next big step in what is already a brilliant career, we will miss her wonderful leadership and vibrant, optimistic, and visionary spirit.

Under Erin’s leadership, and with the generous support of so many members — especially Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt — The Hyde Collection has grown in physical gallery space, in the breadth of our offerings, in members and
visitors, and in its reputation as a must-see cultural destination in Upstate New York.

As we wish Erin all the best in her future, we are also very fortunate to have Anne Saile, a talented and experienced executive, joining us as interim director — ensuring a seamless leadership transition as the board embarks on a national search for a new director.

Ms. Saile is an accomplished nonprofit CEO and founder of The Saile Group LLC, a business development and leadership consulting firm, and the former president of Bellevue Woman’s Hospital in Schenectady. She has served on numerous boards and blue ribbon panels, is founding chair of Hearst’s Women@Work Executive Advisory Board, immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and founding member of the Forum for Executive Women.

Ms. Saile is a respected executive who has spoken nationally on high-impact leadership, effective business models, governance, ethics, and creating excellence in nonprofit organizations. At Bellevue, one of only two nonprofit, independent hospitals for women in the nation, she turned around the troubled finances of the institution and became one of the most highly recognized advocates for the health care needs of women and children. Before her service at Bellevue, she was the
executive director of the New York State Office of Professional and Medical Conduct.

As we thank Erin and wish her well, we also welcome Anne.

Karl Seitz