Just three weeks after the resignation of Enoch Morris as RiverCenter for the Performing Artsí executive director, the centerís board named William J. Bullock Tuesday morning to take over as the third executive director of the 7-year-old facility.
Bullock has been RiverCenter's associate director and director of development for six years.
"It's been such a pleasure to work with Bill over the five years that I have served on the board," said Claude Scarbrough, RiverCenter board of trustees chairman, in a statement. "Our executive committee and board have complete confidence in Billís leadership and capabilities, and his selection was a unanimous decision. We feel that the best is yet to come for RiverCenter and this community."
Scarbrough said three weeks ago that Bullock was interim director, and he didn't foresee a national search for executive director.
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"It's a challenge," Bullock said Tuesday afternoon.
After the announcement, Bullock said he met with the staff.
"We talked about what our plans are, going forward," he said.
Bullock said it's important that he work with leadership to "forge a new direction," but said it would be is premature to talk about that new direction.
"There are bound to be some changes with any change of direction," he said. "It will not be anything demonstrative. Weíre not going to have wrestling. It is still RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. There will be no monstrous changes.
"But I imagine there will be some changes," Bullock added. "I don't think it will be anything an average person would see. There will be some subtle little changes."
The 2009-10 season is almost in place, Bullock said, but he sees a few ìtweakingsî that will happen.
"There may be some changes in packaging,î" he said. "There will be more to come."