The Otago Museum Trust Board hopes to be able to appoint a
successor to former museum chief executive Shimrath Paul
early in February. Board chairman Graham Crombie told the
board yesterday that applications had now been closed after
the post had been advertised internationally.
About 40 initial applications had already been reduced to a
long list of a dozen names.
Further work was being undertaken, including telephone
interviews, to reduce the applicants to a short list which
would be further considered next month.
He was ''delighted'' with the quality of the applicants and
the way the appointment process was proceeding. The
appointment is likely to be considered at a special meeting
of the museum board late next month.