Former MLB commissioner gives $2.5M to Phoenix Art Museum

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Art Museum says it has received more than $2 million in a charitable gift from former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and his wife.

Museum officials announced Thursday that a $2.5 million contribution from Bud and Suzanne Selig will go toward funding a new chief curator position.

The couple resides in Wisconsin but Suzanne Selig is a member of the museum's board of trustees.

Suzanne Selig says they hope their contribution will help the museum grow into a place that is recognized nationally and globally.

Officials say the new funding will now free up the director to focus on fundraising and increasing the museum's visibility.

The chief curator will develop a strategy for new exhibitions and collections.