The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center announced this week that Chris Carter, currently the nonprofit's director of development and communications, will take over as the organization's executive director in February, when current leader Scott Kenison is slated to step down.
"It has been a privilege for me to be a part of this wonderful organization for the last five years, and I'm honored to be chosen as the next executive director," Carter said in a statement.
With an enthusiasm for creative endeavors and half a decade at LVPAC presiding over some major moments, including record-setting numbers in fundraising, member recruitment and event attendance, Carter said he hopes to take the organization even further under his leadership.
"As a musician, my passion for the arts is personal too," he added. "I've had an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the organization, working with the great team we have here. I'm really looking forward to the challenges and rewards ahead in this job."
After an evaluation and interview process, the LVPAC Board of Directors unanimously approved Carter for the executive director position late last month.
In a statement, board chair Jean King said that Carter "creatively expanded our programming, bringing greater diversity in music, dance, drama, film, lectures and education to both the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, while overseeing five years of growth and financial stability."
"His contributions have significantly expanded our fundraising capacity and we feel confident that he will keep us on the path we're on and bring his expertise to new areas," King added.
Overseeing the financial and artistic growth of LVPAC has been "satisfying," said Kenison, who added that when he departs in February, the organization will be "in good shape and in great hands" with Carter.
A longtime guitarist with five albums under his belt, Carter has more than 16 years of nonprofit experience and is an active volunteer in the community with the St. Mary's College of California Science Advisory Board and Boy Scouts of America, among others. Carter and his wife have lived in Pleasanton with their three children for many years.
Kenison will stay on with LVPAC "to ensure a smooth leadership transition" until Carter assumes his new role in February.