The 10/24/17 edition of the Columbus Dispatch included an article by Ken Gordon that reports the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) hired an executive director. What makes this hire a bit different is the CSO has been sharing an executive director with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) for close to a decade.
Long story short, after a series of financial and institutional retrenchments, the CSO board decided to outsource the organization’s operations to CAPA. Part of that deal included having CAPA’s ED serve as the CSO’s ED.
If this strikes you as the sort of arrangement with all kinds of potential for conflicts of interest, that just means you’re sane.
But before you think the mutually exclusive ED indicates a return to increased self-determination, it’s worth pointing out that CAPA’s board had a hand in selecting the new executive. Oh, and the new executive is CAPA’s former Development Director.
Today’s #TBT articles cover the CSO’s conversion to an outsourced governance model along with an additional post examining the Hartford Symphony’s decision to follow this tenuous model.