I got an anonymous call from someone this afternoon, telling me that Enoch Morris, the executive director of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts left his position.
Everyone I called today said it was a mutual parting. I called the PR manager, Darlene Hughes Kittrell and I spoke to Claude Scarbrough, the president of the RiverCenter board.
I find it puzzling that he left in the middle of the season. I tried calling him several times today, leaving him messages at home and on his cell phone. I even left a message on his wife, Debbie's, cell phone. I tried calling his daughter, Devon, but her cell phone's messaging system was too full. I'm sure I was annoying him. It sounds lame, but I was doing my job.
That said, I always liked the man. He adores his wife and daughters, and dotes on his grandson. I think he liked his job, too.
I heard through the grapevine that early on, he clashed with the staff. But when you'd worked with the first executive director for so long and someone new comes in, there are always challenges. It's been years since I've heard anything negative about Enoch.
I only wish the best for Enoch and his family. Good luck to you!