Anthony Hirschel, trained as an historian of the art of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance at the University of Michigan and at Yale, has been active in art museum administration for nearly 25 years, 17 of them as a museum director. Much of that time has been spent in some of the nation's most ambitious and widely-recognized academic art museums, at Yale, the University of Virginia, and Emory University. He has also taught at Yale and at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Roanoke, Virginia. Before coming to the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in 2005 as its Director, Hirschel spent three years as the Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Hirschel's experience spans all aspects of art museum operations, ranging from acquisitions to exhibitions, conservation to major expansion and renovation of facilities. Among other professional affiliations, Hirschel is a member (and former Board member) of the Association of Art Museum Directors and is a Board member of the American Federation of Arts; he also serves as an accreditation site reviewer for the American Association of Museums, and as a member of the Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame) Advisory Council.