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After seven months, arts center director steps down

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Louisa Arts Center is looking for a leader again after director Jeffrey Bowen resigned earlier this month.

Bowen, who had served as executive director since May, was a “mismatch” for the arts center, according to Robert See, arts center board president.

“It was a mutual agreement,” See said of Bowen’s departure. “He didn’t prove to be what we were looking for.”

LaVahn Hoh

LaVahn Hoh, a longtime board member, is stepping in as interim executive director, as he did when Michael Bollinger left the position last winter.  Unlike last time, Hoh will be paid, reflecting the arts center’s concern that there be continuity during the search for Bowen’s permanent replacement.

“We didn’t want to not have our bases covered,” See said. “[Hoh]’s got a background in theater, so putting him in that position will be a natural fit. The executive director has to be a jack of all trades, with skills in management, artistic background, and knowing what it takes to bring in performers.”

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 30 edition of The Central Virginian.