SKyPAC Director Tapped to Lead New Performing Arts Center

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center Executive Director and CEO Tom Tomlinson will leave Bowling Green today to manage a new performing arts center, currently under construction outside of Kentucky. Details will be released next week as
Tomlinson’s new employer has requested confidentially until then.

“Much like SKyPAC, which was under construction when I arrived, this is also a new initiative, but is a much larger project with a construction budget over four times larger than SKyPAC’s.” says Tomlinson. “These sorts of efforts are at the center of my skill sets and interests, and I welcome the opportunity. My family and I cherish our SKyPAC experience in Bowling Green, and the many friends we have made here. It’s a special place, but we are also very eager to begin this new opportunity.”

Tomlinson arrived in Bowling Green in March 2011 as a consultant on loan from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta to advise on the construction and startup of the new $35 million Southern
Kentucky Performing Arts Center. About ten months later, the SKyPAC Board of Directors hired Tomlinson as its full-time Executive Director and CEO.

“Tom was just what Bowling Green needed,” notes SKyPAC Foundation Board Chair Vickie Renshaw. “SKyPAC has become a viable, major performing arts center for our region. I think the fact that Tom was recruited out of Bowling Green says a lot about what we have accomplished here.”

SKyPAC’s Founding Board Chair Rick McCue added, “Attracting Tom to Bowling Green while we were under construction was key to SKyPAC’s success today. Tom brought a level of expertise and
experience to the project, which served us exceptionally well. He will be missed.”

A search committee has been formed to find a new executive director whose vision aligns with SKyPAC’s future.