|NASAA Announces CEO Transition|
NASAA Friends and Colleagues:
As I celebrate my 29th year as NASAA's CEO, I'm writing to share with you that
I plan to end my tenure as NASAA's CEO at Assembly 2014 in New Orleans this
It has been my great privilege to serve as your CEO during the last three
decades—a period of many transformations in the arts, among state arts agencies
and at NASAA. Working with you gives me enormous personal pleasure and profound
professional satisfaction—so much so that I've effortlessly postponed putting
more energy into what has now become a demanding writing agenda. Also, my
enjoyment of leadership development and strategic planning has never stopped
growing. I'd like to invest more time and creativity in those pursuits in the
In the meantime, I am committed to working with NASAA's elected leaders and
staff to maintain progress and ensure a smooth transition. NASAA's governance
is strong; its staff—as well you know—is amazingly capable, productive and
adaptable; and its members are smart, creative, resilient leaders. The occasion
to take stock, look ahead and select the CEO who, with your support, will lead
NASAA to its next level of accomplishment represents a wonderful opportunity.
As I look ahead to new opportunities for myself, I look ahead to the new
opportunities for NASAA that my successor will bring.
I have much to be thankful for and more of you to thank than I will be able to
reach on any single occasion. So please forgive me if I thank you more than
once. Beginning now, and through "NASAA-NOLA," I hope I can express to
you how grateful I am for the many gifts that are mine and Terri's because of
your personal and professional support.
With great affection and appreciation,
To All NASAA Members:
As we approach this important transition, the first thing I want to do is to
thank Jonathan for his extraordinary leadership. During his time at the helm,
NASAA has grown to become a strong association and a champion for state arts
agencies that all of us can depend on.
The NASAA board and Executive Committee are already looking ahead, beginning
the important work that will sustain our high standards of service and keep our
association moving forward. We're organizing a national search that will
commence this spring. A search committee, which will include board
representatives as well as individuals from the membership at large, is being
appointed. That team will vet applications, conduct interviews, and make
recommendations to the board of directors, which, per NASAA's bylaws, will
appoint our next CEO. The Executive Committee is serving as NASAA's transition
team, managing Jonathan's transition and onboarding the next CEO.
We'll keep the membership informed. In fact, we are counting on the membership
to help us spread the word about this opportunity to good candidates. We'll let
you know once the job announcement is available.
In the meantime, I invite you to join me in saluting Jonathan's achievements as
NASAA CEO. We will celebrate Jonathan's service in style at Assembly 2014—yet
another great reason to join us in New Orleans, November 13-15. I hope to see
With warmest regards,