The Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is leaving.

Jim Henke, 58, left his position last week to focus on consulting. The former music editor of Rolling Stone is leaving the Rock Hall, an organization he joined in 1994.

Reports surfaced late last week that his departure was in response to a sexual harassment complaint filed by a female museum employee. Both the Rock Hall and Henke have rejected the claims.

The Rock Hall’s Director of Communications, Margaret Threser told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Jim left his position as vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs. His role has been transitioned to that of a consultant, focusing on collecting and writing.”

“That’s absolutely not true,” Henke added. “I have no idea where that came from. … After 19 years, it was time. I’m staying on as a consultant.”

Henke, an Ohio Wesleyan graduate and Bay Village native, has also worked for Elektra Entertainment and The Plain Dealer.

Long-time president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Terry Stewart announced in May that after 14 years he will be stepping down from the position by the end of 2013.

Stewart, 66, feels that after being with the Rock Hall since 1999, it is time to pass the job on and expects the next CEO to be able to secure the long-term future of the Museum by building upon it. “We’re entering a new period with new priorities and I think that’s the right time to hand off to a new leader,” said Stewart.

Video: Jim Henke talks Joe Strummer’s Fender Telecaster

-Carl Harp / 98.5 WNCX


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