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Erin Coe, director of The Hyde Collection, is seen in the campus’ music room in August. The Hyde announced Tuesday that Coe will be leaving in late July for a new job as director of The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University.

GLENS FALLS — Erin Coe, director of The Hyde Collection art museum on Warren Street, is leaving the museum for a new job as director of The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University, The Hyde Collection's board of trustees announced Tuesday.

"This is a bittersweet moment for The Hyde," said Karl Seitz, chairman of the board. "We are delighted to see Erin take the next big step in what is already a brilliant career."

The Palmer Museum, on the university's main campus in State College, is a larger museum with 11 galleries, a print-study room, a sculpture garden, and a permanent collection of 8,200 art works.

Coe has been director of The Hyde Collection for about two years.

During that time, she helped secure an $11 million private contribution of modern art and cash from Schenectady architect Werner Feibes and his late partner, James Schmitt, and led a campaign to raise an additional $500,000 in private and foundation contributions to expand the museum for the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, which opened earlier this month.

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Coe previously was the museum's chief curator for 15 years, before she left in July 2014 to complete her doctoral degree in the history of art and architecture at Boston University.

"The Hyde will always be my first love," Coe said, in a press release. "I grew up here professionally, and I am indebted to the Hyde's trustees, staff, members and volunteers for the support they have given me as I pursued my professional dreams."

Coe will leave The Hyde Collection in late July.

The board has hired Anne Saile, a business development and leadership consultant from Schenectady, as interim director, while the board conducts a national search for a new director.

Seile is the former president of Bellevue Woman's Center in Schenectady. 

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