Michael Rush, the founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and award-winning curator, author and critic, died March 27 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Rush began his tenure at MSU in 2010 and was instrumental in the completion of the visionary 46,000-square-foot Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which opened in November 2012.

“On behalf of the MSU community, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Rush,” President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “In the short time we were fortunate enough to call...