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University to begin process

July 22, 2000

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A search committee will be assembled by early next month to begin the process of finding a new director for Kansas University's Lied Center.

Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of fine arts, also said Friday that Frederick Pawlicki, the Lied Center's operations director, would take over Sept. 5 as interim director.

Jackie Davis, who has directed the center since it opened in 1993, is leaving KU to become director of the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her last day at the Lied Center is Sept. 1. She takes up her duties in New York on Sept. 11.

"During this transitional period, Fred is working with Jackie," Montgomery said. "He is assuming more responsibilities, including the financial operations."

The search committee would have about 11 members, the dean said. She is asking people from the KU campus and Lawrence community to serve on the committee. Montgomery also plans to include two people from the Kansas City arts community.

"Again, we're trying to make KU the university of Kansas City," she said.

About 28 percent of people who attend Lied Center events are from the Kansas City metropolitan area, Montgomery said.

She does not expect the committee to hire a search firm to develop a list of candidates for the job, which pays $85,000 per year.

"I know the places we need to advertise," Montgomery said. "I don't think we need to hire an outside firm."

Montgomery hopes to name the new director early in the spring semester.

About 250 events, from lectures to plays, including the 28 performances in the Lied Center Series, are conducted at the West Campus performing arts center each year, said Brad Knauss, assistant public relations director.

The center's annual budget is about $2.3 million, Knauss said.

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