Libman resigns from Center’s top post

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Current in Carmel

Steven B. Libman, president and chief executive officer of The Center for the Performing Arts, vacated his position early this afternoon for personal reasons, Current has learned. Attempts to reach him proved unsuccessful.

Frank Basile, a member of the board of directors, has been named to replace Libman on an interim basis. A search for Libman’s successor will begin in the near future, Mayor Jim Brainard told Current, adding, “Frank Basile will do a fine job leading the Center now and into the future.” Brainard said no timetable is in place at this time to name Libman’s eventual successor.

Reached by phone after Libman’s departure and just before Basile was to address the Center’s employees, the interim leader told Current the future of the Center appears to be bright.

“The Center for the Performing Arts has gotten off to a tremendous start,” he said. “We’re looking to take it to another level. We have an organization that is well qualified to move it in that direction. We’re excited about the future.”

Libman moved to Carmel from La Jolla, Calif., where he was a three-term managing director of the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. During his time there, he helped the Playhouse achieve significant growth and record fundraising. He resigned from this position in 2008 and was named executive director of Carmel’s arts center on Aug. 12, 2009.

At the Center, he was responsible for creating strategic direction, hiring staff and booking acts for The Palladium, The Tarkington and The Studio Theatre. In May, the Center’s board of directors announced Libman’s contract had been extended through 2016.

Current attempted to reach board President Rollin Dick, but he was said to be in a meeting.

Basile is a philanthropist, having donated a sizeable amount to the Center, and a prolific, in-demand public speaker.  He also is an author and columnist. He is the retired senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Company, where he had responsibility for its 18,000 apartments and 655 employees in 11 states.


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