MFA director Malcolm Rogers retiring

The MFA's Malcolm Rogers has decided to retire.  He stood at the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance, which he was responsible opening. ( David L Ryan Globe Staff Photo )
The MFA's Malcolm Rogers has decided to retire. He stood at the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance, which he was responsible opening. ( David L Ryan Globe Staff Photo ) Credit: The Boston Globe

Museum of Fine Arts director Malcolm Rogers, whose 19-year tenure has been marked by massive growth and a slate of exhibitions both popular and controversial, announced Thursday night he will retire as soon as a successor is hired to run the region’s largest art museum.

Rogers, who is 65 and recently turned down a contract extension that would have left him in charge through 2018, said he is retiring to free himself from an over-packed schedule.

“If you’re going to be 80 in 15 years, how do you make the most of those years?” he said in an interview with the Globe. “The other part of the equation is having been here 20 years, I think a fresh pair of eyes, a fresh intelligence will be beneficial.”

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No retirement date has been set. Rogers has agreed to serve until a new director is in place, a process that Board Chairman Grace Fey said could take more than a year.

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