The board of directors issued a short statement simply stating, “She served as executive director since 2006. She has played a key role in the museum’s success over the past five years. Her expertise of exhibits and programming were instrumental in taking the Museum Center to the next level. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Lutts was picked to lead the museum after a two-month nationwide search to replace Joe Hamilton, the founding executive director of the museum that opened to the public Sept. 11, 1999.
Lutts came to Cleveland with more than 20 years experience in history and art museums, as well as a passion for civic work in the areas of downtown revitalization and heritage tourism.
Van Deacon, chair of the board of directors, said Lutts plans to returning to New England.
“She is a highly professional curator and I’m sure she will be successful in her next endeavor,” he said Friday.
He did not indicate when the search for a replacement would begin.
“We have probably the best professional staff anyone could want,” he said.
The Museum Center at Five Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee. The museum hosts exhibitions, education programs and dramatic performances. The gift shop sells Appalachian crafts from the region.