Four Arts CEO David Bren­e­man to re­tire next year

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JAN SJOSTROM

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.

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