Ted DeDee, director of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, said he wasn't looking for a job when he was recruited to apply for president and chief executive officer of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis.

Ted DeDee, director of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, said he wasn't looking for a job when he was recruited to apply for president and chief executive officer of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis.

He said he sent a resume and was chosen from 65 applicants. He will work at the McCoy center until March 31 and start his new job April 2.

DeDee said he will work with the McCoy board of directors to begin the hiring process for his replacement, which can take four to six months. The Overture Center for the Arts took eight months to hire him, he said.

Mindy Hayward, the McCoy center's communications and marketing director, said the board was expected to meet this week and appoint a search committee.

DeDee said his experience at the McCoy center probably helped him get the job in Wisconsin.

"I had the experience of opening a new building and transitioning from nothing to something," he said.

DeDee was hired in August 2007 to open the McCoy center and plan its programming. The center officially opened in February 2008.

"Ted's expertise in managing performing-arts venues has helped us get up and running as a new organization," said David Martin, chair of the McCoy center board of directors. "He has been a tremendous asset to the McCoy during these early years of growth. We are very well-positioned for the future."

The Overture Center for the Arts is in a similar transition. DeDee said the center was owned and operated by the city of Madison. As of Jan. 1, the center is being operated by the Overture Center Foundation, a local nonprofit organization.

"Within the last year, there was a general agreement for a takeover of management by the newly formed nonprofit," he said. "It's a transition for them, the staff, the city and the residency organizations. I think they wanted somebody who's been part of a transition."

DeDee managed a handful of people at the McCoy center and had an annual budget of $700,000. At the Overture Center for the Arts, he will have 60 full-time employees and manage a $15-million budget.

DeDee said the Overture Center for the Arts has seven performance spaces and works with 10 residency organizations. The center manages the state's Broadway productions, similar to CAPA - the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts - in Ohio.

DeDee said he's excited about the new position and grateful for his time in New Albany.

"It will be a hard community to leave because of how caring and encouraging people really are," he said.

DeDee grew up near Rochester, N.Y., and has a bachelor's degree in musical education from the State University of New York Fredonia.

He said he knew in third grade he wanted to be part of the arts after seeing the Bil Baird Marionettes, a puppeteer's company popular in the mid- to late-20th century, at his elementary school.

"In college, I knew I wanted to manage performing arts buildings, and that's all I've ever done," he said.