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Release: Oct. 18, 2001
Swanson, Hurtig assume interim leadership at Hancher
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The leadership of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
is being assumed by Associate Director Charles Swanson and Assistant Director
Judith Hurtig for the remainder of the fiscal year, UI Vice President Phillip
Jones announced today. Director Wallace Chappell is leaving the UI to become
executive director of American Ballet Theatre in New York.
"While I regret to see Wally Chappell leave the University of Iowa,
I wish him success in his new endeavor," Jones said. "Because of
the current university budget situation, after his departure, Wally's position
as director of Hancher Auditorium will remain vacant for the rest of this
"In the interim, Charles Swanson, associate director of Hancher, will
assume responsibilities for administration management, and Judith Hurtig,
assistant director for marketing, will assume responsibilities for program
development. To insure continuity during the transition, their responsibilities
will commence immediately."
Swanson joined the Hancher staff in 1985 as business manager, and he has
been associate director since 1991. As associate director, Swanson has been
responsible for all operations, personnel, business and technical aspects
of the hall. He was a board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters
-- the national professional association of arts administrators -- for eight
years, including five years as treasurer and a member of the board's executive
committee. He was a board member of Montessori School in Iowa City, and is
currently on the boards of the Iowa City School Foundation and the Okoboji
Lakes Art Center. He holds an MBA in finance from the UI.
Hurtig has been a member of the Hancher staff since 1986, and she has been
assistant director since 1999. She has been responsible for Hancher's directing
marketing and education programs, and has been the auditorium's primary grant
writer. She recently completed a six-year term on the board of directors of
Chamber Music America, including two terms as secretary to the board. She
is a member of the board of directors of Riverside Theatre in Iowa City; she
was president of the board of the Iowa Arts Festival; and she was chair of
the Arts Committee of Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, which honored her
with its Star Award. She holds a doctorate in Art History from the Institute
of Fine Arts at New York University.
Chappell will begin his directorship of American Ballet Theatre in November,
but will remain involved with Hancher's planning and programming through January.
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