Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor will serve as in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor dur­ing na­tional search to re­place Cliff Redd

Cliff Redd, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Long Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts since 2004, said Tues­day that he will re­tire.

Redd said his de­ci­sion was mostly re­lated to per­sonal rea­sons.

“My in­ten­tion was to get the cen­ter well-launched and keep all the prom­ises that we made when we raised the money” to build the Long Cen­ter, Redd said. “And I couldn’t be more pleased that we did that. Now is a good time for me to re­tire.”

He added that his part­ner, Rick John­son, was se­ri­ously ill. “My fam­ily re­quires a great deal of at­ten­tion right now,” Redd said.

Redd, 59, suf­fered a mild heart at­tack in 2008 but said his health is fine and was not a fac­tor in his de­ci­sion.

Craig Hester, chair­man of the Long Cen­ter board, said that Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Paul Beu­tel has been ap­pointed in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. The board will

Con­tin­ued from B un­dergo a na­tional search to fill Redd’s po­si­tion, Hester said.

“It’s been an honor and priv­i­lege to work with Cliff,” Hester said. “Cliff’s en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm knows no bounds. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Long Cen­ter wouldn’t have been com­pleted with­out him. The board owes him a great deal of thanks.”

Hester said that in recog­ni­tion of Redd’s years of ser­vice, the board has named him ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor emer­i­tus, a ti­tle he will hold in per­pe­tu­ity.

Redd took the helm in July 2004 — a low point dur­ing a cam­paign to build a civic per­form­ing arts cen­ter that started in the early 1990s. In Jan­uary 2004, Long Cen­ter of­fi­cials an­nounced that they planned to down­size the project from the orig­i­nal $125 mil­lion four-venue com­plex and in­stead build a $77 mil­lion two-theater space. At the time, only $59.6 mil­lion was in place.

Bring­ing more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as an arts leader in Dal­las, Redd amped up the Long Cen­ter’s fundrais­ing record, sur­pass­ing the $77 mil­lion goal. When the cen­ter opened in March 2008, about $82.5 mil­lion had been raised.

The pri­mary per­for­mance venue for the Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and Bal­let Austin and host to other lo­cal and trav­el­ing shows, the Long Cen­ter has a $4 mil­lion an­nual bud­get.

Cliff Redd 59-year-old took charge of cen­ter in 2004.

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