According to a press release sent Thursday, the RiverPark Center has begun its process of finding a new executive director after Roxi Witt notified the Board of Directors in January of her intention to retire in 2019.
“We have formed an executive director search task force comprised of five current board members,” said Chair of the Board Jeff Ebelhar.
The executive director search task force has met four times in February and March and discussed goals and issues, identified potential resources and developed a plan, the release said.
“After careful consideration, research and through recommendations, the task force unanimously agrees that we should engage a search firm to assist in the recruitment of a new executive director, if we can do that at a reasonable cost,” said Doug Field, co-chair of the task force. “We identified search firms with experience placing executives in arts organizations and sent a request for proposal to each of those firms. We expect to hear from them by the end of March with a final selection made by our board of directors at its regular meeting in April.”
Once a search firm has been chosen the task force will work with the firm to develop an expedited search timeline.
In early January, RiverPark Center board members voted down a contract with Spectra in a closed session meeting, opting to appoint a search committee for a new executive director.
It was then that Witt announced she would move up her retirement date from August 2020 to June 30, 2019, and assist with finding her replacement. Witt submitted her letter of resignation with an open-ended date.
Ebelhar said the board plans to keep options open, but given the reaction from the public in January regarding a management company, they believe the search for a new executive director to be the best option moving forward. The board would ultimately have the final say with another vote once the committee finds a viable candidate.