The Stanley Center for the Arts is advertising for a new executive director — but Stanley officials aren't saying much yet about why that is.
A job posting for the executive director position appeared recently on the website of M3 Placement & Partnership, a staffing firm based in Utica.
But current Executive Director Jerry Kraus and Stanley Board of Directors member Max Cohen said there were no immediate plans for Kraus' departure.
“I do not have plans to retire before the end of this year,” Kraus said early Friday afternoon.
He had no further comment at that time, except to say that he would release more information in coming days. During an appearance on WKTV later Friday evening, however, Kraus described the ad as part of a "succession plan" for the theater. In response to a comment from the interviewer, he hinted that transition could come sometime in the spring but, again, did not elaborate.
Cohen, meanwhile, said early Friday that the board was planning ahead for Kraus' eventual retirement.
“Jerry is probably going to retire eventually, so we would like to get somebody trained,” Cohen said, adding that the board is "definitely trying to get some new blood and somebody who can take it to the next level and keep going.”
“There is certainly no date on the calendar for when Jerry is going to be done,” Cohen said. “He has been working since the '80s, you know? How long can somebody work? ... We’re really looking to be precautionary in this step and make sure that when Jerry does decide to step back, there’s a person that can take that position.”
Kraus has served as executive director since June 1, 2013. He also served on the Board of Directors for four years prior to the appointment.
Cohen emphasized that the Stanley has been growing and thriving under Kraus' leadership.
"We’ve been busier than we have ever been. The place is looking super strong and super positive,” he said. “We’re in a position now that we can bring in more people and try to get somebody that can add to the direction we have been going.”