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BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Museum of History's top leader is out only 18 months after taking over the downtown Bloomington institution.

Adam Lovell, who became the museum's executive director in April 2018, has resigned, the museum announced Tuesday.

“Adam has resigned to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Bob Watkins, president of the museum's board, in a news release.

Greg Koos will serve as interim executive director while the board searches for a successor. Koos was executive director for 28 years, ending with his retirement in 2016.

Lovell could not be reached for comment.

Koos told The Pantagraph that Lovell's resignation is not to take a specific opportunity elsewhere.

"I think it's part of his professional development," said Koos.

He credited Lovell with "helping the museum further embrace digital technologies, not only in terms of internal processes but the museum receiving two significant grants to digitize Pantagraph negatives."

The museum published 36,000 negatives digitally last month, the result of a $94,000 state grant and community fundraising. Another 50,000 are set to be restored and digitized under a $250,000 grant awarded in September.

"The notion of using digital technology to give greater and freer access to the collections here is really significant," said Koos.

Koos said he expects to serve "a range of three to four months, perhaps a little more," during the board's search.

"I don't see starting any initiatives,, just a matter of keeping things afloat and the museum headed in the positive direction it's going," he said. "The museum staff here is first-rate. They are self-starters, and they will continue with the marvelous work they do to service the public of McLean County."

Koos referred questions about the search to the board but said he's "confident they're going to be looking for a person who can lead the organization based on the tremendous gains it's made over the last few years."

Watkins declined to comment.

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