Henderson Area Arts Alliance Executive Director Alex Caudill has resigned the position he has held for the past three years, it has been announced by the HAAA board.
Caudill, a Henderson native and graduate of Georgetown College with a political science degree, has accepted an opportunity to work in the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear as the field representative for Western Kentucky in the Department for Local Government.
His last day on staff was Friday, Jan. 17, but he will continue to serve as a consultant for HAAA through a transition period that will bring a new face to the executive director position.
“Alex has been a catalyst for wonderful growth and expansion for HAAA as well as the arts in Henderson and surrounding communities. We are very thankful for his service and look forward to building upon the momentum he has helped foster with a new director going forward,” said Chairman of the HAAA Board of Directors, Andrew Powell.
In the transition period, long-time Arts Alliance supporters and current board members Sherry Chandler and Kay Smith will take a step back from their board positions to serve as interim co-directors until a new director is hired. They will be assisted by HAAA’s Patron Services Coordinator Grace Henderson, Marketing Coordinator Bill Starks and Graphic Designer Jessica Mitchell.
There are three exciting shows remaining in the 2019-20 season, and planning for the 2020-21 performing arts season is well under way.
During Caudill’s tenure as executive director, the local arts umbrella group achieved great success with record ticket sales, fundraising and stronger community partnerships.
Season ticket sales are at a 13-year high, and several recent Arts Alliance shows at the Preston Arts Center have been at or near sellouts, which hasn’t happened for many years.
Caudill’s leadership and organizational skills and his love of the arts has allowed the local Arts organization to thrive at a time when many other arts groups of similar size are struggling to survive.
The outgoing director said his work for HAAA has been one of the greatest honors of his life.
“Great things are on the horizon for the Arts Alliance, and I look forward to continuing to offer my support to this worthwhile organization,” he said.
The HAAA Board of Directors has formed a committee to begin the search for the next executive director. Interested parties can apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and references directed to Board Chairman, Andrew Powell, at email@example.com. The deadline for applications will be February 7, 2020.