By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
RICHMOND — The community operations board for Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts narrowed its list of candidates for executive director to two men Wednesday afternoon.
After the board emerged from executive session, Joel Aalberts of Normal, Ill., and C. Bruce Marquis of Bloomington, Ill., were announced as the finalists.
They will visit EKU to tour the center and interview with the board and the search committee early next month. Aalberts will be in town July 9, while Marquis will visit July 11.
Aalberts has 19 years of experience in arts administration, working in executive management, event planning, marketing and communications management.
He runs the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts, a 1,200-seat historic theater in central Illinois. He has a background in marketing and communications, and has worked in marketing and communications for Dartmouth College, the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa.
Marquis is the principal of Marquis Arts Consultants, an arts management firm that offers strategic, artistic, branding and audience development planning services to non-profit cultural organizations.
He previously has been executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa, the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska.
The board also learned that EKU professors Dr. Malcolm Frisbie and Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik have been appointed by Eastern President Doug Whitlock to replace Dr. Richard Crosby and Dr. Robert Rogow whose terms on the COB will expire in July.
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