Kauffman Museum has named Annette LeZotte as the new director of Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton. She will begin her duties Sept. 8.

“Dr. LeZotte brings an exceptional combination of experience and enthusiasm to the position which impressed the search committee. We believe she is exactly the right person to lead the unique cultural treasure called Kauffman Museum into the future,” said Judge Richard Walker, chair of the search committee.

LeZotte has her doctorate in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and taught at Wichita State University for 12 years. Her publications focus on art of the Northern European Renaissance and decorative painting. Her book, "The Home Setting in Early Netherlandish Paintings," was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2008. She worked at the Wichita Art Museum, where she developed educational programming and curriculum and curated special exhibitions featuring British watercolors, art by Josef Albers and Guy Wiggins, and quilts from the WAM permanent collection.

“Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is blessed to have a devoted staff, a dedicated corps of volunteers and faithful patrons who have supported its collections and programs over the years,” LeZotte said. “I’m honored that the search committee and museum board have invited me to join this community and I look forward to working together to cultivate the Kauffman Museum as a rich and vital educational and cultural resource.”

LeZotte will oversee all museum operations, including marketing, fund-raising and coordinating exhibitions. She replaces Rachel Pannabecker, who served as director for 17 years. Pannabecker will return to collections management at the museum as part of her transition to retirement.

Members of the director search committee were Walker, Rosalind Andreas, Glen Ediger, Bob Regier, Kathy Schroeder, David Stucky, Brad Born for Bethel College, and Andi Schmidt Andres, representing Kauffman Museum staff.