KC's Jazz Museum executive director to step down in wake of critical report

April 25, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Kansas City, MO - American Jazz Museum executive director Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner is stepping down from her post.

She informed the KCMO Finance and Governance committee this morning.

Councilmembers were meeting to discuss the future of the 18th & Vine district museum following a report released earlier this month from Museum Management Consultants.

The report called for a “complete rebirth” of the museum citing staff leadership for numerous missteps, questionable decisions, and a lack of transparency.

Further, the report said the American Jazz Museum is plagued by financial mismanagement, city politics and an ineffective board that lacks fundraising skills.

The museum experienced more than $1 million in losses last year. 

In addition, it's expected that all but three of the museum's board of directors will depart by the American Jazz Museum's May 15 annual meeting.



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