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UIS announces new director of Sangamon Auditorium

February 15, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – University of Illinois at Springfield Provost Harry Berman has announced the appointment of Robert A. Vaughn of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as director of Sangamon Auditorium, effective May 1.

Vaughn comes to UIS from the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at UN-L, where he has served as senior director of finance and administration and as director of operations since 1995. His experience before joining the Lied Center included stints as executive director of the Jasper, Indiana, Community Arts Commission and the Fairbanks, Alaska, Arts Association, as well as various administrative positions in New Mexico and Washington, DC.

He has been a national fellow with the Federal/State Partnership Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a certified facilities executive and serves the Association of Performing Arts Presenters as chair of the 46th Annual Members Conference Credentials Committee.

Said Berman, “I look forward to collaborating with Robert to build on Sangamon Auditorium’s successes in providing a broad range of cultural performances and entertainment for Springfield and surrounding communities.” Berman noted that Vaughn is also particularly interested in linking auditorium activities to UIS’ emerging theater and music programs.

“I also want to express my deep gratitude to David Taylor, who has served as the auditorium’s interim director since last July with energy, enthusiasm, and skill,” said Berman.

Vaughn is not new to either Springfield or to the UIS campus. From 1973 to 1975 he was employed in the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sangamon State University (now UIS) and he was a member of the Sangamon Repertory Theater during its 1972 and ’73 seasons. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication in a Technological Society at SSU and is a graduate of the university’s Community Arts Management Program.

Vaughn is Sangamon Auditorium’s third director. The second, Susan Linn, served from July 2003 to July 2005. She replaced John Dale Kennedy, who had held the position for some 25 years.

 

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