By James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune

Oceanside — The Oceanside Museum of Art has named Daniel Foster as its new executive director, replacing Ed Fosmire, who left in March to become deputy director of the Laguna Art Museum. Foster will start Oct. 1.

“The opportunity to go to a truly outstanding regional art museum and to return to the San Diego arts community is extremely exciting and compelling to me,” Foster said.

A graduate of the University of Southern California and the San Francisco Art Institute, Foster also studied at UC San Diego in the mid-1980s and was heavily involved in the local arts scene, serving as director of educational programs at the San Diego Art Institute from 1989 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2003.

He was named executive director of the Riverside Art Museum in 2003, and while there received an Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director award from the Riverside County Agency Executives Association and was a finalist for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

In 2009, he became president/CEO of Inland Empire’s Community Foundation, which helps support nonprofit organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During his tenure there, he led a successful effort to establish a nonprofit arts council for San Bernardino County, increased the foundation’s asset growth from $41 million to $61 million and doubled the foundation’s staff from seven to 14.

“Daniel is an ambitious individual who has achieved remarkable accomplishments in the museum and nonprofit industry,” said Tara Smith, the Oceanside museum’s interim executive director. She will return to her position as deputy director.

The museum’s president, Carolyn Michelson, was also enthusiastic about Foster’s appointment: “His proven leadership, curatorial, management and fundraising skills align perfectly with OMA at this time. I believe he will elevate the museum to the ‘next level’ of prosperity and cultural impact in our region.”