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Musicologist named Performing Arts Center’s new director

George C. Foreman, a musicologist and conductor with more than 30 years of experience managing performing arts centers, will be the director of UGA’s Performing Arts Center effective Jan. 1.

Foreman is currently managing director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, Ky. He will succeed Timothy A. Bartholow, who transferred to the Terry College of Business to teach in the Music Business Program. David S. Levenson has served as interim director since August 2008.

“Dr. George Foreman brings a wealth of experience, expertise and vision for advancing the arts at the University of Georgia,” Provost Arnett C. Mace Jr. said. “He has a distinguished record of leadership in attracting high quality artists to the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. His vision and desire for collaboration with the arts community within the university, local community and Georgia offer the opportunity to advance the quality of performances at UGA and the arts in general. I look forward to George assuming this leadership role and to future performances at the University of Georgia.”

Foreman said he expects the Performing Arts Center to take on an expanded presence in the cultural lives of the university, the community and the state.

Foreman has directed the Norton Center since 1983. The center presents a broad variety of performances, including classical artists, touring Broadway shows, popular artists, dance and symphony orchestras.

While at Centre College, Foreman has served as conductor and co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, which performs the music of the Golden Age of American Bands (1880 to 1920).

Foreman earned his doctorate in musicology from the University of Kansas and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico.