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McCoy center officials begin interviews of director candidates

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A search committee for the next director of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts has received nearly 70 applications.

"It's clear that there's a segment of professionals that are managing performing arts centers, educational performing arts centers art museums and publically funded festivals, many with very similar positions to what we're looking for," said McCoy board member David Martin.

Martin declined to release the names of the applicants. The ThisWeek New Albany News has made a public-records request for the information, to which Martin and the search committee have not yet responded.

The McCoy center nonprofit organization was established in 2007 under a joint-operating agreement by the New Albany Community Foundation, the city of New Albany, the New Albany-Plain Local School District and Plain Township, according to the McCoy center website. The McCoy center receives funding from all three government entities and a community foundation endowment.

Ted DeDee, who became the McCoy center's first director in August 2007, left in April to become president and chief executive officer of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis.

Michael Morris, who once managed the Midland Theatre in Newark and now is a consultant, is serving as interim director.

Martin said the McCoy board did not hire a third party to assist with the search. Instead, the board appointed a search committee of board members and residents to review the applications. The committee has reviewed resumes and will complete phone interviews this week to get more information about each applicant's qualifications.

Martin said the committee hopes to narrow its search to three to five finalists, who would be interviewed in person. He said the committee wants to hire a new director in November.

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