Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jay Weigel Resigns! National Search Announced for New Contemporary Arts Center Director

Jay Weigel, the longest serving executive director in the Contemporary Arts Center’s history, announced today that he will step down from the job he has held for more than 16 years in order to return to his lifelong love, music composition and production. At the request of the CAC‘s Executive Committee, he has agreed to remain in his position for 12 months or through the selection of his successor, and as a consultant for a transition period thereafter.

Weigel, who composed many scores for Hollywood movies and TV shows while also serving as CAC director, said the completion of the CAC’s strategic planning process, along with the search for replacements in key staff positions, made the timing right. “I took on the job of directing the CAC, knowing in my heart that I would someday return to composing music full time. For many years, there was always a good reason – the CAC’s financial survival, the development of an endowment, Katrina recovery, program expansion – that kept me engaged in the CAC executive directorship. With the completion of our strategic planning process, I feel the CAC is on sound footing and the timing is right for me to step down,” he said. CAC board president Robyn Dunn Schwarz said that the CAC’s Executive Committee asked Weigel to stay on as long as 12-15 months to guarantee a smooth transition and to ensure the continuity and integrity of the CAC’s artistic programming. “We support Jay’s decision to return to his music, and he has been gracious to stay on during the transition.” she said. Schwarz said she would form a search committee following the completion and presentation of a new Strategic Plan to the board of directors.