The Richmond Register

November 29, 2012

EKU Arts Center revenue $250,000 ahead of expenses

By Bill Robinson
Register Editor

RICHMOND — Revenue for the EKU Center for the Arts is running $251,000 ahead of expenses for the season that began in September, according to Karen Peavler, the center’s director of business operations.

Expenses were $1,083,000, while revenue was $1,334,000, according to the figures Peavler reported to the center’s community operations board Wednesday. All but $284,000 of the revenue came from ticket sales.

The center has three more events before the calendar year ends.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform “The Nutcracker” tonight. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, country artist Kenny Rogers will present his “Christmas and Hits” concert. Both start at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Exile, a group that began in Madison County more than 40 years ago, will return for a 7 p.m. concert to benefit the Kentucky Riverkeeper conservation group.

For tickets to these events, visit www.ekucenter.com or call 622-7469.

The center’s 2012-13 season has 11 other events scheduled from Jan. 16 through April 20.

Also on Wednesday, operations board by consensus, but without taking a vote, sent a new memorandum of understanding concerning its oversight of the center to EKU President Doug Whitlock.

Although the proposal was moderated in some respects, it still seeks to require the board’s agreement for removal of the center’s executive director.

Both the university and the board would have to agree on removal of the director before action could be taken, according to the proposal.

“No personnel action … may be taken without the approval of both the University and the Board,” it states.

An earlier draft of the proposal called for the board to supervise the executive director, but that provision was dropped from the version sent on Wednesday.

Who retains control of the center’s executive director’s position became an issue this past summer when the university acted to dismiss Debra Hoskins as the director without consulting the board. The university later announced that Hoskins had agreed to resign.

On Thursday, the Danville-Advocate Messenger reported that Hoskins had been hired to manage the Grand Theater in Lancaster, which is undergoing a $4.2 million renovation.

The community operations board normally meets at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, but the November meeting was postponed because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6690.