According to an article by David Hendricks in the 7/31/2013 edition of MySanAntonio.com, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) lost their latest CEO after not even three months into the gig. The SAS had a series of high turnovers in the top administrative spot following the organization’s bankruptcy in 2004 and they’ve given the top admin spot to executives from Coca-Cola to NASA as well as more traditional candidates.
There’s no official word about why the most recent ex-CEO, Jack Downey, left but the article contains some quotes from SAS board chair Dennert Ware that indicate the exit had something to do with a disagreement on budget strategy.
We’ve worked hard to build momentum in this community, and we can’t afford now to lose that momentum as we prepare next year to move into the Tobin Center.
Nonetheless, the SAS board is reportedly taking the departure in stride and given the amount of search experience to date, they should be able to get a search going in short order. Ideally, the last search had a few finalist level candidates worth taking another look at so they may be able to get a new person in place in short order.
If nothing else, San Antonio is a genuinely lovely city. Anyone want a job running the orchestra? Knowledge of classical music helpful, but not necessary (seriously though, you should know what you’re doing)…
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Some additional background: The Tobin Center (opening in 2014) has lent its COO, David Green, to serve as Interim CEO of the Symphony during the search.