Another Center for the Arts director moves on
By Brielle Schaeffer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
February 26, 2013
After a little more than a year, Center for the Arts Executive Director Cindee George will be leaving her post.
The board of directors for the Center for the Arts announced her resignation Monday. Her last day at the center and her transition period are unclear.
George is leaving the center to pursue other personal and professional priorities, a release about her resignation says.
She remains a supporter of the theater and arts organization, the release says. George was unable to be reached for comment.
“The board is very appreciative of Cindee’s leadership over the past year and will work with her to ensure a smooth transition,” board President Don Opatrny said in a statement.
The center board has been developing a strategic plan with its resident arts and education nonprofits and staff and will continue to do so in the next four months, the release says.
“As part of this process, we will assess our leadership needs and ensure that we have the resources to address them,” Opatrny said. “In the interim, the current staff will ensure that the Center for the Arts delivers the high-quality experiences our community expects.”
The Center for the Arts has been plagued by firings and resignations in the past several years.
George was hired to replace Clare Payne Symmons, who left the center in 2011 after less than two years at its helm. Symmons took over in 2009 following Stephen Schultz’s resignation.
Schultz served more than two years following the resignation of Mark Berry, who served from 2003 to 2007, according to Jackson Hole News&Guide archives. Before that, Candra Day helped usher construction of the Arts and Entertainment Pavilion through its initial stages.
Shortly after George was hired last year, she abruptly fired longtime center employees Don Kushner and Doug Henderson.