Rich Cherry, the Chief Operating Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s museum project has resigned his position.
According to an Academy spokesperson, Cherry, who has been in the position for just under a year, will remain on with the project through the end of February. No reason was given for his departure.
“The Academy is grateful to Rich Cherry for his service over the past year as our Chief Operating Officer,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “During his time with the Museum, he helped guide us effectively through a critical period of construction and institutional planning. Rich will remain with the Museum through the end of February. We wish him success as he focuses on his museum consultancy firm. The Museum has begun a search for the next COO.”
Cherry joined the project last February after previously overseeing construction on The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles.
Housed in a 300,000-square-foot facility designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum will house gallery space, two theaters, cutting-edge project spaces, an outdoor piazza, the rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an active education studio, a restaurant and store within two buildings, one a giant glass sphere.
The building’s construction has been dogged by setbacks and delays since it first broke ground. The museum was originally scheduled to open in 2017, a timeline that has since been pushed back to 2019.