The Board of Directors of RiverPark Center has contracted with the firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates (GVA), a North American arts consulting partnership with extensive experience in both performing and visual arts management, to lead the search for a new executive director who will replace Roxi Witt when she retires.
“We have an aggressive timeline and would like to have our new executive director in place by early September, just in time for the start of our new season,” said Jeff Ebelhar, RiverPark Center board chair.
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.
According to a press release from RiverPark Center sent Wednesday, Margaret Genovese, a senior partner with GVA, is in charge of the search process. She is the recipient of the Robert Johnston Award for Excellence in Human Resources in the Arts. The release states Genovese was recognized for “the significant impact she has made on the field of arts and culture management, her dedication to educating and supporting new generations of cultural works, and her commitment to mentorship within the cultural industry.”
“We are excited to get the search underway and believe Ms. Genovese’s experience and understanding of managing performing arts organizations will lead us to the right candidate,” Ebelhar said.