“David is a brilliant leader,” Elson said. “Ervin Duggan was a visionary.
David has operationalized Ervin’s vision for the Four Arts as a small liberal arts college with the community as its student body.”
Attendance has ballooned from 124,669 in 2014-15 to 170,000 last season.
“It’s a new era and plans need to be developed,” Breneman said. “I’m not going to be the one to take it to the next stage.”
The past year has seen the departure of several veteran staffers.
Executive Vice President and curator Nancy Mato and Director of Education Molly Charland retired.
Communications director Katie Edwards moved on to a new post with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter.
Mato’s job was divided between Phillip Bergmann, head of music and film programming, and Rebecca Dunham, who joined the Four Arts as head of fine arts and curator in July. Sofia Maduro succeeded Charland in September.
Amanda Jorgensen has taken over communications.
She reports to Bridget Baratta, who started work in September in the newly created position of director of development. The $12 million renovation of the Gioconda and Joseph King Library, which serves as the town’s library, is expected to be completed on time and on budget in November.
David Breneman and his wife, Donna Plasket, want to spend more time at their home outside Charlottesville, Virginia.