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Gordon J. Davis Resigns as Lincoln Center President

After nine months of imbroglios and intrigue, Gordon J. Davis (pictured left), the founding chairman of what became Jazz at Lincoln Center, resigned his position as president of the New York City arts monolith on Sept. 28, leaving the center without clear leadership as its plans for a $1.5 billion refurbishment become even more uncertain.

Though Davis fought with Lincoln Center staff during his tenure, his resignation was still unexpected, and left Center managers scrambling for direction at a time when it is desperately needed. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, most of the city’s construction funds will understandably be directed towards lower Manhattan, and it may be more difficult to secure funds from other sources.

Even before the attacks, the refurbishment plans had been overshadowed by disputes among the 11 organizations resident at Lincoln Center and by complaints from Center staff that Davis, who had served on Lincoln Center’s board for twenty years before being chosen president by acclamation, lacked management and leadership skills.

Janice Price, vice president for consumer markets and new technology, was named interim executive director while the board appoints a search committee for a new president.

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