Canuck arts org extends prez contract

Herrndorf has extended NAC's activities across country

OTTAWA — Peter Herrndorf will be president and chief executive officer of the National Arts Center until at least December 2007.

David Leighton, chair of the NAC Board of Trustees, announced the two-year extension of Herrndorf’s contract on Jan. 4.

“Under Mr. Herrndorf’s leadership over the past six years, the NAC has been transformed into a dynamic and vital leader for the arts and arts education across the country,” Leighton said.

Since his appointment in 1999, Herrndorf has given priority to extending the NAC’s activities across the country and expanding the focus on youth and educational development in the arts.

Under his stewardship, the NAC has reinstituted the orchestra’s annual performance and education tours, presented biannual festivals from various regions, created a summer music institute, distributed music education materials to every elementary school in Canada and developed more than 40 co-productions with theaters across the country.

In addition, during Herrndorf’s tenure, the NAC has returned to financial health with budget surpluses for six consecutive years, strong subscription sales and the creation of the NAC Foundation, which last year raised more than $6.5 million to support the center’s artistic and educational work across Canada.

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