Cara Burton, the executive director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, is stepping down.

Burton, who has led the museum for nearly three years, confirmed her resignation effective Dec. 26 to the Danville Register & Bee on Friday.

“When I started at the Danville Museum Jan. 4, 2013, I walked into an institution overwhelmed with a lack of direction and organization,” she said in a statement she provided to the newspaper. “Today, I am confident that this ship has been righted and ready to set course.”

Burton said she submitted her resignation “to pursue another professional opportunity.”

While she praised the museum’s accomplishments during her leadership, a controversial request in late 2014 thrust the museum in the spotlight.

The museum’s board of directors asked the city to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Sutherlin Manson — home of the Danville museum — in 2014. When the controversy surfaced again over the summer, Burton told the Register & Bee she and the museum’s board of directors stood by their original request to remove the flag.

The flag came down Aug. 6 after Danville City Council enacted a new ordinance.

Burton said details would be coming soon on “transition changes” as the board of directors “makes this an opportunity to accelerate some of their strategic planning decisions.”

She said “2016 brings a great career opportunity for me and I wish similar success for the Danville museum.”

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