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December 17, 2013

Foothills director Garcia to step down

The executive director of Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, Huemac Garcia, announced his retirement Friday, effective Dec. 31, officials at the organization said Monday.

Garcia will remain on Foothills’ board, focusing on fundraising and program committees.

Garcia said in a media release: “Foothills has always been, for me, an important symbol of the community’s vitality and future. At this point in my life, with other interests competing for my time and attention, it is important that Foothills have the complete focus of a new executive director. I look forward to supporting that person when he or she is selected.”

He did not return a call for further comment on Monday. Foothills board president Carol Blazina said: “We are delighted he has served so long and given so much to Foothills.”

The board will start a search process in January to fill the position as soon as possible, she said, and members of the executive board will fill his responsibilities until a replacement is found.

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller, who serves as Foothills’ second vice president, said: “He did a terrific job putting us on the map,” by improving the level of programming. Miller said he was glad Garcia will be staying on the board.

The board is discussing what it is looking for in a new candidate, Miller said. He deferred questions on the search process to Blazina, who said was leaving for a meeting after her comments, and couldn’t be reached when called later Monday afternoon.

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