A curator who spent 25 years with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been named director of Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum and its Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, the university announced.

Linda Wolk-Simon will assume both posts Feb. 2, and also will serve as university curator. She was selected following a national search by an arts consulting group, the university said in a news release,

During a career at the Metropolitan Museum from 1986 to 2011, Wolk-Simon held posts as curator of drawings and prints and assistant curator of the Robert Lehman Collection paintings, sculpture, textiles, glass, ceramics and old master drawings, according to the release. She organized the Met's Raphael exhibition and was co-curator of its "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy" show.

Most recently, she was curator of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City for two years.

A Scarsdale, N.Y., resident, Wolk-Simon specializes in European art of the 15th to 19th centuries, with a concentration on the Italian Renaissance, and has published "extensively" in that field, according to the release.

She holds a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in art history from the University of Michigan.