The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra board has appointed a committee to search for a new chief executive officer. The committee will lead efforts to search for and select a candidate for recommendation to the full Governing Board.
“Each member of the committee brings a certain expertise to the table and will represent all stakeholders within the organization,” said Edna Barnes, board chair. “This group of individuals have all been heavily involved with the Symphony throughout the years, many of which were involved in the Conductor Search Committee that hired Troy Quinn.”
In addition to Barnes, others serving on the committee will be Chair Jay Wethington, Allen Holbrook, Sarah Howard, Charlotte Burton, Cheryl Houston and Troy Quinn.
“One of our first steps as a committee will be to identify the skills and traits people believe we should have in our next CEO,” Wethington said. “That process will begin immediately through utilization of a written survey. It’s important for the committee to hear from others.”
Current Symphony CEO Officer Dan Griffith announced in early may that he will retire upon the organization naming his replacement.
Under Griffith’s leadership the Symphony has experienced nearly a 69 percent increase in ticket revenue while the average attendance for the Symphony’s Subscription Series has increased over 143 percent. Additionally, the Symphony’s community engagement offerings have more than tripled in number since the introduction of the new Music On Call program conceived and created by Griffith and the symphony team.
According to Wednesday’s news release, the new CEO will be responsible for the supervision of all administrative operations; manages season and single ticket sale campaigns and all fundraising campaigns; oversees all educational programs and community engagement activities; negotiates all contracts; prepares all budgets; participates in development of program repertoire and selection of guest artists; serves as the primary spokesperson for the Owensboro Symphony; supervises all full and part-time staff.
The board is seeking candidates with a minimum of five to seven years of management experience in performing arts or similar nonprofit organization. Applications for the position are due by July 15, 2019.