Four Arts CEO David Breneman to retire next year
Another member of The Society of the Four Arts’ executive team is departing.
But David Breneman, president and chief executive officer, is giving the organization plenty of notice. He will retire Sept. 30, he announced Wednesday.
Breneman, an economics professor and former college administrator at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, was 74 when he succeeded Ervin Duggan in January 2015.
The five years he will have worked for the Four Arts by the time he retires were “five years I didn’t expect to be fully in the labor force,” he said. “It’s been great.”
He will be 78 this month. He and his wife, Donna Plasket, want to spend more time at their home in Keswick, outside Charlottesville.
He will leave the Four Arts in a strong position, he said.
“The programming is better than ever,” he said. “We’ve hired excellent new people. The finances are terrific. The library’s about to be finished.”
He gave the society a year’s notice so that he could help acclimate the new staff members and give the Four Arts plenty of time to find a successor, he said.
More than a year passed between Duggan’s announcement of his retirement and Breneman assuming the reins.
Because of the diversity of the Four Arts’ programs, which encompass everything from exhibitions, concerts and film screenings to hands-on arts classes and a top-tier lecture series, it’s not easy to find an administrator qualified to run the organization, board chairwoman Susie Elson
Breneman Succeeded Ervin Duggan in January 2015 when hewas 74.