David Martin, president of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts board, said the board is seeking input on a replacement for executive director.

David Martin, president of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts board, said the board is seeking input on a replacement for executive director.

Ted De Dee resigned in February to become president and chief executive officer of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisc.

Martin asked New Albany-Plain Local school board members during their March 19 meeting to complete a survey on what type of profile is needed for the position. The McCoy center is owned and operated jointly by the school district, Plain Township and city of New Albany.

Martin said all three would be engaged in the process of seeking a new director.

"We are looking at a wide range of people," he said.

Martin said the schools use the facility 60 percent of the time.

"We have a great opportunity in front of us," he said, adding that the new director should be part of the school culture so the programming aligns with schools and the community. The new director also needs to be a platform for the arts, he said, finding a way to bring the audience into the productions so they learn more about the arts along the way.

Michael Morris, who served as the director of the Midland Theatre in Newark for many years, has been hired as interim director of the McCoy center through January 2013.

- Lori Wince/ThisWeek