WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Sandra Gibson, the president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) has announced that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011). Gibson has helmed the organization for 11 years.
APAP's board has set up a search committee, lead by board vice chair, Josh LaBelle, to find a replacement for Gibson. If a suitable replacement has not been found by July 1st, the board will name an interim president. Gibson noted that she will also continue to be associated with APAP as a special consultant following her resignation.
The board announced that they have also established the "APAP Future Working Group," a steering committee that will collaborate with the board, staff and members on strategic planning for the association.
"Everyone who knows me also knows that I view my role in leading Arts Presenters as one of the great opportunities in my career," said Gibson. "What started out some thirty years ago as a first job in the arts has been topped off by the privilege of leading Arts Presenters for more than a decade, and has become my life's work. I feel quite fortunate to have been at Arts Presenters, particularly during what has been an amazing time of change and evolution for the performing arts and for the presenting field, and I look forward to exploring new leadership opportunities to serve the arts and nonprofit sector. My thanks and gratitude goes to our board of directors, terrific staff team, and those partners, supporters and colleagues who form the foundation of our work at Arts Presenters and our efforts to advance the presenting field." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers