The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is one step closer to finding its replacement for current CEO Dan Griffith, who in May announced he would be retiring.

Griffith has been in the position for five years, but he was previously executive director from 1984 to 1997. His retirement is effective once the symphony board of directors names his replacement.

Symphony Governing Board of Directors Chair Edna Barnes has appointed a CEO search and transition committee, which will lead the efforts to select a candidate to fill the position. Those committee members include Barnes, board chair Jay Wethington, Allen Holbrook, Sarah Howard, Charlotte Burton, Cheryl Houston and Troy Quinn, who is the symphony music director and conductor.

Barnes said in a release that each member of the committee "brings a certain expertise to the table and will represent all stakeholders within the organization."

"This group of individuals have all been heavily involved in the symphony throughout the years, many of which were involved in the conductor search committee that hired (Quinn)," she said.

Wethington said in the release that one of the first steps of the committee will be to identify the skills and traits people believe the next CEO should have, and that process "will begin immediately."

Griffith said "a great committee" has been appointed to fill his position.

"The symphony is lucky that these people were willing to step up and take a leadership role in finding the next CEO," he said.

The symphony also released an official description of the position for potential candidates, which states the responsibilities of the CEO, including supervision of all administrative operations; managing season and single ticket sale campaigns and all fundraising groups; and overseeing all educational programs and community engagement activities. The CEO also manages all contracts, prepares all budgets, participates in development of program repertoire and selection of guest artists, serves as the primary spokesperson for the OSO, and supervises all full- and part-time staff members.

Qualified applicants should have a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a management role at a performing arts or similar nonprofit organization, with the ideal candidate currently serving as a lead manager in a similar orchestra or holding a senior position at a larger orchestra, according to the symphony.

Application packets for the CEO position should contain a personal letter of interest from the candidate specific to this position, a detailed resume that details education and experience, names and phone numbers of at least five professional references and salary expectations.

Those materials should be sent to ososearch@yahoo.com by July 15. Receipt of the application packet will then be acknowledged.

For more information visit theoso.com/CEOSearch.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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