Amy L. Flack, executive director of the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund and manager of its Clayton Opera House, is resigning effective Feb. 7 to become executive director of the Community Performance Series.
The series, based at SUNY Potsdam, is a college-community partnership presenting well-known performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York
Ms. Flack has led operations at the Clayton Opera House since September of 2006 during a period of extensive fundraising, renovations and an expansion of programming.
Peter Colello, president of the Clayton group, said in a statement that the organization views Ms. Flack's move with mixed sentiments.
"We are losing an exceptionally productive and talented executive director, but we are pleased and proud that she is moving to a larger operation in the north country which recognizes her many accomplishments here in Clayton," Mr. Colello said.
The performing arts group will begin an immediate search for a replacement.
Vice president Erin McCarthy-Brick said the organization is optimistic that it will attract "top talent" to run the facility because the Clayton Opera House is considered a "gem of a performance hall" and that its location in Clayton and the Thousand Islands has its own appeal.
Ms. McCarthy-Brick will act as interim executive director until TIPAF's new executive director position is filled. Treasurer Gary DeYoung will chair the search committee.
When TIPAF sought its first full-time executive director in 2006, it wanted someone with fundraising and theater management experience and selected Ms. Flack, who formerly was assistant executive director for Community Performance Series.
Kathy A. Olsen retired Aug. 31 after 17 years as CPS's artistic/executive director. During her tenure, the organization grew from a guest artist-only series to one that also hosted summer productions, programs for children and families, and outreach programs such as master classes and preconcert talks.
The organization conducted a nationwide search to find a new executive director.
Ms. Flack, a 1999 graduate of Ithaca College, is originally from Maine and also has been donor relations coordinator at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, and in New York City with the American Ballet Theater and the Princess Grace Foundation.
The Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund, formed in 1981, began pursuing in 1994 the Clayton Opera House as a performing arts center. A $3 million renovation project at the opera house was completed three years ago.