News Release

Detroit Institute of Arts elects new UDM President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi and others to Board of Directors

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced UDM President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has joined the organization’s board of directors, effective Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He will also be joined by Andrea Dickson, Mary Kramer, Linda Orlans, Irvin Reid, Hubert Massey, Amy DeBrunner; Lillian Demas, Donald Ritzenhein, Jennifer Fischer and Thomas Guastello. DIA board members re-elected are Nicole Eisenberg, Mary Ann Gorlin, Reuben Munday, Meryl Podolsky, Sandra Seligman, Rhonda Welburn and Henry Wineman.

“We welcome Dr. Garibaldi and all of our new board members for the talent, experience and enthusiasm they bring,” said Eugene A. Gargaro, DIA board chair. “With the vote of confidence shown by the millage, the DIA is on the path to financial long-term stability, and we look forward to the new and current board members helping us achieve that goal.”

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Release date: November 21, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.