CenterStage makes leadership changes: Executive director shifts to part-time consultant, board of directors member
(Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Apr. 11--Leadership changes are afoot at CenterStage Foundation, which is working to open a performing-arts center in downtown Richmond.
Linda Dalch Jones, hired as the group's executive director last April, has switched to a part-time consultant and board member.
Foundation Vice Chairman J. Robert Mooney confirmed the change yesterday and said it's a mutual decision between Jones and foundation leaders.
He said the organization's changing role and active board of directors requires less daily oversight. "It's a natural evolution."
Jones said she's pleased with the change because she's able to continue working with the foundation and pursue other opportunities.
She succeeded Mooney, who had served as an unpaid acting director of the then-named Virginia Performing Arts Foundation since late 2005. He stepped in after Brad Armstrong resigned as president after a battle in which Mayor L. Douglas Wilder forced an overhaul of the project.
A partnership whose leaders are appointed by Wilder is now overseeing construction and management of the center, called Richmond CenterStage.
Mooney said fundraising toward an operating endowment is going well, but he offered no details. He said the foundation also is making progress on other fronts, including the establishment of a regional arts-education program. He praised Jones for her work to expand and strengthen the foundation's board.
The $58 million arts center is scheduled to open in fall 2009 with a renovated and expanded Carpenter Center, now known as the Carpenter Theatre. Also planned are an arts-education center, a community playhouse and a multipurpose performance hall.
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