Great executives perform magic, but the real trick is finding them
BY PAMELA FISHER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wizards. Rainmakers. Pied pipers. A top arts executive is a dash of each.
With the flick of a baton or a pencil, they can cast vision for generations and conjure millions of endowment dollars. The best talent in the country lines up to follow them.
Often paid as well as corporate counterparts, they have the finely honed skills to negotiate contracts with international opera divas and art stars. The best are blessed with perfect intuition, drafting the architecture of an institution to secure its legacy and national reputation.
Headhunters stalk them for years before their contracts come up. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a professional journal for nonprofit executives, advertised vacancies for 114 arts executive positions at press time. Media outlets have noted an 'overfished pool of talent' for top arts execs."