Asheville’s new Civic Center director comes to town all the way from Amarillo, Texas. The city of Asheville announced today that Sherman Bass will take his new post in March. Former Director David Pisha resigned the position in July of last year.
According Bass’ former boss, his experience in Amarillo strangely parallels the concerns and hopes Asheville has, including overseeing the expansion of their facility and acting as point person for a privately built state-of-the-art performing arts center. When that facility, the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, was handed over to the city, Bass took on the role of executive director.
“They made the right decision for director [in Asheville],” Amarillo Civic Center Manager Kris Miller told Xpress. “I would kill to keep him here. He is a sharp young man and a hard worker.”
Noting the political nature of the Civic Center, Miller said that Bass is not the kind to shy away from speaking truth to power. “He is not a ‘yes’ man,” Miller said.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer