The Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center announced Thursday that Executive Director Todd Herman will leave the center, effective August 10, 2018, to accept a position as President and CEO of The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. The Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a successor to direct the AAC’s transitional goals of growth and expansion. Laine Harber, Deputy Director and CFO, will act as interim Director until the position is filled.
“We regret that Todd is departing, but know that our priorities for the Arkansas Arts Center remain unchanged,” said Merritt Dyke, President of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center. “We are encouraged by the positive response and participation from the community regarding our capital campaign, co-chaired by Harriet and Warren Stephens. Everyone in the organization is focused on making the AAC an unparalleled cultural destination for the citizens of central Arkansas and beyond.”
Herman came to the Arkansas Arts Center as Executive Director in 2011, and led one of Little Rock’s premier cultural institutions through a period marked by growth, expansion and financial stability. During his tenure, the Arkansas Arts Center saw seven consecutive years of balanced budgets and increased endowment funding. Herman oversaw the campaign to launch the transformation of the Arkansas Arts Center’s building in MacArthur Park. He also brought nationally recognized exhibitions to the Arts Center, developed a five-year strategic plan focused on civic involvement, arts education and cultural significance, and directed the organization through reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will be leaving the Arkansas Arts Center,” Herman said. “We accomplished a lot in the past seven years with the help of dedicated and talented staff, board, foundation and donors, and the commitment of both the City of Little Rock and our loyal members. As you know, you can’t always plan when opportunities will find you. The opportunity to lead an institution and to be in close proximity to family was likely an opportunity I will never have again. The Arts Center is in very good hands, with one of the finest staffs I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am honored to have been a part of the history of this fine institution and of this community.”
“We thank Todd for his contributions to the AAC and his help launching this exciting transformation,” Dyke said. “We wish him the best in his new endeavor and look forward to working with Laine through this transition.”
The Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board will continue to implement the strategic plan developed in 2016. The Arkansas Arts Center redesign is underway with the new museum scheduled to open in 2022.
Featured image courtesy of Little Rock Soiree magazine.
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