MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ The ouster of the senior curator of Kansas State's Beach Museum of Art is raising concerns about whether the museum's mission will change.
But Kansas State officials say the museum will continue to focus on collecting Kansas and Midwestern art.
Bill North, senior curator at the museum since 1995, was removed from the job in March. The Manhattan Mercury reported Sunday that North was not given a reason for the ouster but he thinks the museum wants to focus on programming rather than collecting art.
However, Kansas State President Kirk Schulz and museum leaders say that's not true. Schulz says the museum's mission has not changed. The officials declined to say specifically why North was reassigned to do a research project and told he could not represent the museum.