SPAC President Marcia White to step down

Marcia White, longtime president and executive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced Friday that she will step down at the end of 2016. White, a political advisor and public relations strategist in the NY State Legislature came to SPAC in March, 2005.

“It has been a privilege and a joy of my life to lead, serve, and work for one of the most extraordinary performing arts centers in the world,” White said Friday, in a prepared statement. “I have been truly blessed to have had the unique opportunity to work with SPAC’s passionate board, dedicated staff and the greater Capital Region Community, and I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished together.”

White provided no specific reason for leaving, saying, “I came to SPAC just prior to the 40th Anniversary season, and feel that the ideal time to depart is at the conclusion of SPAC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Season. While I feel my energies leading me in new directions, it’s with deeply bitter-sweet emotion that I announce my decision to leave SPAC.”

White has raised $15 million through major gift solicitations and generated a 70 percent increase in revenue from fundraising events and first-ever title sponsorships with global companies, according to the organization. She also spearheaded the expansion of SPAC’s wine festival fundraiser into The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d’Elegance in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

The SPAC Board has retained the nonprofit executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to assist in the search for a new executive director and president. The arts practice group has worked with Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, and the Music Center in Los Angeles. The search will be led by Phillips Oppenheim principals Sarah James and Becky Klein