Glenbow appoints new interim president

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Glenbow Museum President and CEO Kirstin Evenden has resigned her position. A museum press release states Evenden is leaving "to pursue new avenues in her career." She had been employed at the Glenbow for 19 years.

The museum has appointed Donna Livingstone to serve as interim president. Livingstone has served on the Glenbow's board of governors in various capacities, most recently as the chair of the Collections and Access Committee. She is also the director of Cultural and Community Programming with Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary.

Evenden was appointed President and CEO in 2008. She had been criticized by staff and in the media for overseeing four consecutive years of budget deficits over $1 million, though board chair Jack Thrasher defended Evenden and attributed the museum's losses to the global economic recession.


more in News     |     posted Nov 6th, 2012 at 10:05am     

Comments: 9

claing wrote:

Wow, I thought the day would never come. I am hoping the museum learns from there mistakes and listens to the public.

on Nov 6th, 2012 at 11:14am Report Abuse

leanintoit wrote:

makes you wonder why anyone would want these arts leadership positions in cowtown... ms. evenden will find a new career path and life and be the happier for it I am betting

on Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:06pm Report Abuse

carlbernstein wrote:

I doubt it very very much Evenden will be happier, as $200k plus in the old position bought a lot of happiness. No more fussing about her outfits from Holt Renfrew at work.

on Nov 7th, 2012 at 7:51pm Report Abuse

MJM wrote:

Well, the bus finally arrived! Sadly, the Board should have listened to staff and cleaned house months ago when they had the chance instead of letting things drag on unnecessarily. And their latest appointment shows that they continue to have no clues about what they are doing, just more of the same old, same old. Time for a clean slate if there's any chance for the Glenbow to survive.

on Nov 7th, 2012 at 8:31pm Report Abuse

leanintoit wrote:

just sayin ...money doesnt buy happiness... when you do a rewind there has not been a president who has made the Glenbow crowd happy for the past 10 to 12 years so it appears to be a thankless job...sure dont see other museum /gallery professionals across Canada rushing to apply on the job

on Nov 8th, 2012 at 2:46pm Report Abuse

dejaview wrote:

That depends on how you define "the Glenbow crowd." There are a handful of employees who have done quite well by the alliances and deals they've forged with previous presidents and vice presidents.

on Nov 9th, 2012 at 10:58pm Report Abuse

leanintoit wrote:

good to hear that a handful of employees have benefitted out of so many that have come and gone over the years

on Nov 10th, 2012 at 12:52pm Report Abuse

rufrickinserious wrote:

I read on another website that the new Glenbow president has contracted the former VP Development after this VP Development tendered her resignation along with the HR Manager immediately the day after the release of their most recent worst financial report EVER! Sounds like this new president (most recently a Glenbow board member who oversaw Evenden while Livingstone was serving on the board-if that isn't arms length) will continue the wonderful Glenbow business practices. Maybe they will contract Evenden next for her expertise on museum strategies and further continue the same pattern we have been accustomed to (sic).

on Nov 10th, 2012 at 7:25pm Report Abuse

leanintoit wrote:

the new president worked at Glenbow for years as a staff memebr and then as a VP in programming marketing etc in the 1990's just sayin ....then was asked to join the Board years later after she had left Glenbow/Calgary for a period of time.... time for a new leadership perspective but who???Sounds like this appointment is tempoary while they find Mr/Ms who to fill the job

on Nov 17th, 2012 at 11:01am Report Abuse


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