“The Owensboro Symphony announced today that Chief Executive Officer Dan Griffith will retire upon the organization naming his replacement,” writes Bobbie Hayse in Wednesday’s (5/8) Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY). “Griffith returned to the Symphony as CEO in August 2014, after having previously served as its Executive Director from 1984 to 1997…. Under Griffith’s leadership the Symphony has experienced nearly a 69% increase in ticket revenue while the average attendance for the Symphony’s Subscription Series has increased over 143%. Additionally, the Symphony’s community engagement offerings have more than tripled in number since the introduction of the new Music On Call program conceived and created by Griffith and the symphony team…. In addition to increasing attendance and ticket sales, the orchestra has seen significant growth in contributed income and corporate giving. ‘It was obvious from day one that Dan did not mind asking someone for money and that when something needed to be funded, he would find a way to make it happen,’ said Edna Barnes, who chairs the symphony board of directors…. The Symphony Governing Board of Directors has a regular scheduled meeting in early June and expects to announce after that meeting a timeline for the transition.”

Posted May 9, 2019