RICHMOND, VA.- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
announced the appointment of Patrick Patrong to the position of Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Deputy Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategic Initiatives. Patrong comes to VMFA with more than 25 years of experience as a public service leader. Currently the lead facilitator for his consulting firm, Patrong Enterprises, Inc., he has also worked as Construction Training Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation and Director of the Training, Education and Exercise Division for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. In addition, he led organizational diversity initiatives for seven professional schools of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, while serving as Director of Organization and Employee Development.
Patrick has a solid background in implementing and managing diversity programs at several agencies in the public sector. We are delighted to have someone with his extensive experience joining the museums human resources team, said Alex Nyerges, VMFA's Director and CEO. Patrick will play a leading role taking VMFAs EDIA initiatives to the next level and ensuring that the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility are fully integrated into everything the museum does and shared with all VMFA employees.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Deputy Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategic Initiatives, Patrong will assist in leading EDIA strategies defined in VMFAs 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and co-lead the museums commitment to the ONE Virginia Plan recently launched by the Governors Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM).
For more than a decade, VMFA has actively worked to diversify its collection, exhibitions, staff and audience. Building on the success of its previous strategic plan, the museum strives to become a more vibrant, inclusive cultural leader. The museums current strategic plan demonstrates its commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. VMFAs vision is to be an institution that empowers all Virginians through art and creativity to reflect and connect to each other, their communities and the wider world.
I am excited to join the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts team, to work with employees and the museums community on expanding the institutional EDIA initiatives. VMFAs diverse organizational culture already has unique advantages when it comes to attracting diverse staff and visitors and developing museum exhibitions, art collections and programs that appeal to diverse communities, said Patrong. Communication, idea generation, creativity and connectivity are all enhanced through engagement with the museums representative communities.
Patricks knowledge and experience will help VMFA continue to advance towards instilling EDIA values and practices, becoming a more valuable and relevant community resource, and providing even greater access to the arts for all people in the Commonwealth, said Kimberly Wilson, VMFAs Chief Operating Officer and CHRO/Deputy Director for Human Resource Services, Museum Operations and Volunteers.
Patrong will begin his position at VMFA on July 26.