Leadership changing in Office of the Arts

by Martha Schick / Beacon Staff • November 13, 2014

Four senior administrators in the Office of the Arts will change positions or leave Emerson by next year, according to recent emails sent to the Emerson community.

David Dower, director of artistic programs, will take over as executive director of the Office of the Arts at the end of the semester, when current director Rob Orchard steps down to become a creative consultant, according to an email sent to the Emerson community in September.

The Office of the Arts oversees ArtsEmerson and all Emerson theaters. Dower said the Office’s restructuring aims to increase efficiency, not change its management of the theaters and work in the community.

“It might have slightly different feel to it,” Dower said, “but the quality of the work, what the work is, and its relationship to the students, to the city, and to the artists in the field will all be exactly as it was laid out when we started.”

Rita McAteer, the previous director of external affairs, left the college in October when her position was eliminated, according to an email that month. Dower said, as the Office of the Arts enters its fifth year, it is “disentangling” development and marketing, which were both previously handled by McAteer’s department.

Instead, Dower said there will be a marketing communications department and a development and fundraising department, and jobs within the Office will focus on one or the other.

Dower asked Jonathan Miller to step down as managing director as part of the restructuring, according to the October email. Dower said that the managing director will now handle fundraising responsibilities, which is something Miller’s position did not encompass. Miller will officially leave at the end of December.