Monday, November 11, 2013

UPDATE: Gappmayer leaving the Fine Arts Center

Posted By on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

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Gappmayer will go to the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Ill., reports the Peoria Riverfront Journal Star. The year-old institution, which has a five-story movie screen, fine art, and a planetarium, hasn't met audience attendance projections, says Peoria Public Radio, but the museum's board hopes Gappmayer will help it boost visitors. According to the Journal Star, Gappmayer was an attractive candidate given his museum experience and "multifaceted" skill set.

Gappmayer starts Dec. 2.

——- ORIGINAL POST: TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 4:49 P.M. ——-

Sam Gappmayer, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, will be leaving the institution Nov. 22. Gappmayer started at the FAC in October 2008, coming from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho. He cannot say where he's going next, due to contractual obligations with his new employers, until it is announced at a press conference Friday.

The news came as something of a surprise to the FAC board, says Dr. Jim Raughton, chairman. However, he understands that it's a unique opportunity for Gappmayer, and will now get to work on hiring a new leader (while also continuing the search for a new director of development).

“We’re sorry to see Sam go, but we feel fortunate to have had his steady presence and careful stewardship,” Raughton says in today's press release from the FAC. “We hope the entire community will join us in thanking Sam and wishing him well in his next endeavors.”

Look in tomorrow's Indy for more on Gappmayer's departure.

Fine Arts Center to seek new president and CEO, as Sam Gappmayer resigns position for new pursuits

COLORADO SPRINGS (Nov. 5, 2013) – Sam Gappmayer announced to the Board of Directors Tuesday that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC).

“We’re sorry to see Sam go, but we feel fortunate to have had his steady presence and careful stewardship,” said Board President Jim Raughton. “We hope the entire community will join us in thanking Sam and wishing him well in his next endeavors.”

For five years, Sam has served with distinction as the leader of the FAC, and under his watch the FAC has produced some of its finest and most popular theater, most provocative exhibits and most engaging classes. Also, with the help of the FAC staff, he created some of the FAC’s most integrated multi-disciplinary programs around single subjects, such as “conflict and resolution” and “family.”

"The Fine Arts Center is a wonderful organization with an amazing history,” Sam said Tuesday. “I have been honored and privileged to serve with the staff, members of our community and many board members. I am confident the FAC will continue to do great things in the years and decades to come."

Sam’s last day will be Nov. 22.

He is leaving to pursue another opportunity, but agreements with his future employer prevent him from elaborating at this time. We sincerely thank Sam for his service to this institution and for his role in contributing to the heritage of this long-standing community pillar, and know that the community joins us in wishing Sam and his family all the best.

The FAC board and staff plan to conduct a comprehensive national search for Sam’s successor.

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