The Richmond Register

Breaking News

Local News

June 19, 2012

EKU announces Hoskins' resignation as arts center director

RICHMOND — Debra Hoskins has resigned as executive director for the Center for the Arts at Eastern Kentucky University, according to an announcement EKU released Tuesday morning.

Hoskins had served in the position since January 2011. A national search for her successor will begin immediately, the release stated.

The release gave no reason for the resignation.

"I am resigning my position as executive director of the EKU Center for the Arts," Hoskins said. "I got this venue to a level of excellence and look forward to pursuing new and upcoming challenges in the same field.

"As I move forward, I must express that I am immensely proud of what my team and I were able to accomplish during the center’s inaugural season. Under my direction, we welcomed Jerry Seinfeld, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and much more talent to the EKU Center stage, and more than 50,000 people visited the venue. The center generated more than $2 million in revenue. It was my honor and privilege to help finish the construction of the center — from choosing carpets and paint colors to selecting seating for the hall.

"I gave attention to every detail to ensure that the new Center would be Kentucky’s Show Place,” Hoskins continued. “Further, I know that the Center’s patrons will enjoy the impressive acts that I have secured for the 2012-2013 season.”

The center’s guests came from more than 30 states and abroad, triggering a significant financial gain for the community, the release stated. Visitors came from all states contiguous to Kentucky, and from as far away as California, Washington and Oregon.

The center has the largest stage in Kentucky more than 2,000 seats, the center’s main performance hall is the second largest facility of its type in Kentucky. The Center also includes a “black-box” theater with seating up to 250.

The 2011-12 season also included performances by Wynonna Judd, Chris Botti, the Munich Symphony, Garrison Keillor, Peter Frampton, Mannheim Steamroller, and Wynton Marsalis, along with productions of “Spamalot” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others. Most of the performers played to capacity crowds.

The 2012-13 season, yet to be announced, will include a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

“The EKU Center for the Arts is now considered to be among the nation’s finest performing arts venues,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said. “I personally thank Debbie Hoskins for her instrumental role as the Center attracted outstanding performers throughout its inaugural season. EKU and I wish her our best as she begins the next exciting chapter of her career.”

Dr. Bob Rogow, dean of EKU’s College of Business & Technology, who just completed a term as chair of the EKU Center for the Arts Community Operations Board, said: “The Board extends its best wishes and appreciation to Ms. Hoskins. We look forward to a soon-to-be-announced second season that will build on our exciting inaugural season."

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 8-2 EKU gift.jpg Dizney gift lets EKU begin $15 stadium addition

    Eastern Kentucky University athletics has received its largest-ever single gift.

    President Michael Benson announced Friday that Donald R. and Irene Dizney, of Ocala, Fla., have committed a lead cash gift toward a $15 million multi-purpose facility to replace the grandstands on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-1 St. Mark door.jpg Arabic letter N painted on church door

    Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has been associated with Latin language and lettering, so passersby on West Main Street were surprised Thursday to see a strange symbol emblazoned on the church’s door.
    Some were even more surprised to learn it was an Arabic character.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire damages Southern Hills building

    A building in the Southern Hills shopping center at the corner of Commercial Drive and Gibson Bay Drive was damaged by a Thursday afternoon fire.
    Contractors had been working to update the vacant building but were probably not the cause of the fire that began in the bathroom, Richmond Fire Chief Buzzy Campbell said after the fire was extinguished.

    August 1, 2014

  • 8-1 demo derby 1.jpg Demolition derby at the county fair

    The emcee, firefighters and paramedics race to help the driver of an over-turned car in Wednesday night’s Madison County Fair demolition derby. The driver was unhurt and the vehicle was quickly righted.

    August 1, 2014 3 Photos

  • 8-1 fair pageants 3.jpg Royalty crowned at Madison County Fair

      

    August 1, 2014 3 Photos

  • 8-1 Bees 2.jpg Bee-ing in the know

    Bee lovers were buzzing around Eastern Kentucky University this week for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2014 conference.
    Hobbyists, scientists and apiarists traveled from as far as Canada, France and New Zealand, as well as many states, to spend the week exploring numerous aspects of bees.

    July 31, 2014 8 Photos

  • 8-1 Tanya R. Horn.jpg Store employee charged with taking $10,000

    Tanya R. Horn, 33, of Darlene Court, pilfered $10,196 in cash from Posh Tots on Meridian Way over the course of two years, according to a Richmond Police report.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 Candids 1.jpg Madison County Fair paid admissions total 10,000 by Tuesday

    Approximately 10,000 people had purchased tickets to the Madison County Fair by Tuesday evening, Billy Tudor, fair board president said Wednesday morning.
    The count does not include Sunday’s Family Fun Day, which offered free admission, Tudor said.

    July 31, 2014 10 Photos

  • 7-31 Pageant Toddler Girl Winners.jpg Babies, toddlers crowned at Madison County Fair

      

    July 31, 2014 4 Photos

  • Airport getting $600,000 in federal funds

    On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
    On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, announced the airport also would benefit from $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds.

    July 31, 2014