Macon Arts Alliance officials said Wednesday that Jim Coleman is no longer the organization’s executive director.
Board President Andrea Williford declined to say whether Coleman was fired or if he quit, saying his departure is a personnel matter.
“Jim is no longer executive director of Macon Arts,” she said. “There was no disagreement. It’s a confidential personnel matter.”
Coleman and the organization parted ways Tuesday.
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Williford said the board’s executive committee will meet Thursday evening to discuss a course of action to find Coleman’s replacement.
She said the committee may decide to appoint an interim director or an interim team to run the alliance in the short term, before putting together a search committee to find a new executive director.
Coleman declined to comment about his sudden departure.
“It’s just one of those things,” he said. “I don’t really have anything else to tell you.”
Coleman listed the alliance’s website/calendar, Ovations365.com, as one of his major accomplishments with the organization. He said he still plans to be active as a volunteer in the arts community.
Coleman became executive director of the organization May 1, 2010.
He was retired from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and had years of experience as a volunteer for several arts and civic organizations in Macon.
Coleman is a graduate of the 1987 Leadership Macon class and served on the board of the Hay House.
He served as founding president of the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.
“Jim did a great job with Macon Arts,” Williford said. “He has always been a proponent of volunteering for the arts. Jim has a lot of passion and vision for the arts as an economic development tool for the community.”
Williford said the organization will be fine in the short term.
“The landscape has changed over the last 27 years,” she said. “With that, as an organization, we have to change as well. We’re in good shape. We’ll have our First Friday show, and we’ll have our big fundraiser, Taste of the Arts, in October.”
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.