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October 26, 2011

Search Begins For Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director

NASHVILLE - - A national search is underway to fill the executive director position with the Tennessee Arts Commission. In making the announcement, Ellen Hays, chair of the Commission, said, “We are seeking highly qualified candidates who understand the value and benefit of the arts to Tennessee communities, and who will continue moving the agency forward. Our current director has provided leadership and vision that has gained the Tennessee Arts Commission recognition as one of the nation’s elite state arts agencies.”

Rich Boyd, current executive director of the Commission, recently informed the board of his decision to leave the state arts agency after 28 years of service, effective January 31, 2012.  Boyd is the fifth director of the agency.

According to Hays, a search committee has been appointed and working with Boyd, has developed essential qualifications, knowledge and skills required to fill the position. The process begins with a call for applications and a November 30, 2011 deadline.  The executive director position announcement, along with specific information about the employment process, can be found on the Tennessee Arts Commission website at: http://www.tn.gov/arts/index.htm.  Applicants will be screened by the search committee and semi-finalist candidates will participate in phone interviews, with finalists invited to Nashville for personal interviews before the full search committee.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is governed by a 15-member body appointed by the Governor for five-year terms.  The executive director is accountable to the Commission for the organizational operation of the agency, its achievements and conduct.  The agency provides funding support to nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals through a variety of programs and grant categories. The agency has a sound history of innovative programming in arts integration, recognition and support of individual artists, community development, advocacy, and promotion and preservation of the state’s cultural heritage.

  For more information contact: Renda Talley, administrative assistant, at 615-741-1704 or email: renda.talley@tn.gov.

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To go directly to the Position Announcement, (PDF) Click Here.



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