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Release: July 30, 2002

(Photo: Swanson, left; Hurtig, right)

Swanson, Hurtig tapped to continue Hancher leadership

After serving nine months as interim co-directors of the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, Charles Swanson and Judith Hurtig have been named to permanent leadership positions, effective Aug. 1. Phillip E. Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students, announced that Swanson will serve as executive director and Hurtig will serve as artistic director. Both positions will report to the vice president. Their salaries will be set after position reclassification is completed.

Jones said he is confident that Swanson and Hurtig would continue Hancher's tradition of excellence.

"These two are not only extraordinarily competent, but they have a remarkable synergy that is immediately apparent to anyone who is around them for even the shortest time," Jones said. "I have been impressed by their pride in Hancher's great tradition and their passion for continuing the magic that has characterized everything that Hancher does. They are deeply committed to Hancher's mission and it's future."

Swanson and Hurtig each has more than 15 years experience at Hancher. Swanson joined the staff in 1985 as the business manager, a position he held until 1988 when he was promoted to assistant director. He was named associate director in 1991 and interim co-director/director of administration in 2001. 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 is currently on the boards of the Iowa City School Foundation, the Okoboji Lakes Art Center and the Iowa City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He holds a bachelor's degree in management and marketing and an M.B.A. in finance, both from the UI.

Hurtig joined the Hancher staff in 1986 as group sales coordinator. She was named director of marketing in 1987, assistant director in 1997, and interim co-director/director of programming in 2001. She has been responsible for Hancher's 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 was a member of the board of directors of Riverside Theatre in Iowa City; was president of the board of the Iowa Arts Festival; and chair of the Arts Committee of Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, which honored her with its Star Award. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in art history from the

University of Michigan and Boston University, respectively, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Swanson and Hurtig were named interim co-directors last fall when the former director, Wallace Chappell, left to become executive director of American Ballet Theatre in New York City.