Davis ankles Lincoln Center

Price named interim executive director

NEW YORK — After only eight months on the job, Gordon J. Davis resigned as president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.

Prior to becoming president on Jan. 1, David was a member of the Lincoln Center board of directors for more than 20 years.

According to Davis, his decision to resign was not made abruptly and he had been in conversations with Beverly Sills, chair of the center’s board, for two weeks.

“My concerns and those that have led to this decision have emerged over a period of time,” said Davis, who also made reference to the events of Sept. 11. “The world is different now. At other times, you might have let it play out some more and say, ‘Let’s take another six months.’ It seemed to me this was the time to face decisions and go on.

“What affected my decision was a general but increasingly sharp feeling my own tenure was not working the way I thought it should.”

Davis said his resignation was effective as of last Friday, but that he would operate from his Lincoln Center office for another three weeks.

Sills announced that Janice Price had been appointed interim executive director.

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