Friday, March 13, 2009

Search for Sun Valley Center director nears end

Five finalists for position to be interviewed in coming weeks

Express Staff Writer

The site of a new Sun Valley Center for the Arts complex in downtown Ketchum. A new executive director is scheduled to replace interim Director John Gaeddert who has been in charge since September. Express photo by David N. Seelig

After six months as interim executive director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, John Gaeddert will soon be stepping down. A nationwide search for a permanent replacement has narrowed a pool of perspective replacements from 50 to five. One of those five will likely fill Gaeddert's shoes early this spring.

Trina Peters, president of the nonprofit organization's board of directors, said she was "very excited" about the prospects yielded by a search conducted by Morris and Berger, an executive search firm specializing in nonprofit institutions.

"The new executive director will be the public voice of the Sun Valley Center," Peters said. "The person will be responsible for oversight of staff and fundraising for the institution. The staff at The Center has made this transition quite effective."

She said Gaeddert had done an "outstanding job" as interim executive director.

Gaeddert, a professional land planner, once served on the board of directors of The Center and took the helm after Executive Director Sam Gappmayer stepped down last summer. He chose not to put his hat in the ring as a contender for the permanent position.

"It's been super rewarding working with the staff at The Center," Gaeddert said. "I was surprised at just how much the staff accomplishes during the course of their multi-disciplinary programming. They work with the school. They bring speakers, exhibitions and performances to these projects. There are a lot of collaborations with other groups in the valley."

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