The board and staff of Carnegie Hall invite you to join them as they celebrate the many achievements of Susan Adkins during her ten years of employment as Executive Director of Carnegie Hall. A retirement party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17 in the Old Stone Room from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a special toast and presentation at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Dec. 10 by calling 304-645-7917.
Under Adkins’ leadership for the past 10 years Carnegie Hall’s programming has expanded serving over 30,000 children and adults annually. During her tenure, Adkins has worked diligently to assure the Hall operates in a fiscally responsible manner, planning for future growth, and developing resources to support that growth. Preservation of the Hall has been vital during Adkins’ tenure with the completion of multiple brick re-pointing projects, installation of a new stage and new dance studio floor, interior storm windows throughout the building, a sound system upgrade, and many other smaller projects. Adkins has also built relationships with donors and other organizations throughout the state resulting in the Hall receiving recognition and several state-wide awards.
Susan will remain on staff at the Hall through Mar. 1, 2016. Sara M. Crickenberger will assume the directorship on Jan. 1, working alongside Adkins for a brief period to ensure a seamless transition. Crickenberger credits Adkins and the Carnegie Hall Board of Directors with ensuring the Hall is well positioned for the future. “The hard work of Susan, the current and previous board members, staff and volunteers means that I get to start in a positive place and move forward from there,” Crickenberger said. “There will always be challenges maintaining a 100-year-old-plus building, meeting the growing needs of our community, and remaining successful in an increasingly competitive nonprofit environment, but this is a strong, creative organization with a bright future. I am so pleased that I get to be a part of that.”
Carnegie Hall is a not for profit regional arts and education center located in historic Lewisburg. Built in 1902 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, the Hall served as a classroom space for the Greenbrier College for Women until the college closed in 1972. In 1983, Carnegie Hall, Inc. was established to preserve the hall and to provide arts and education programs serving the citizens of southern West Virginia. To learn more about the exciting programs offered by Carnegie Hall and learn how you can help Bring the Arts to Life, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.