When Colorado College assumes full operational management of the Fine Arts Center on July 1 one member of senior management won't be along for the ride.

FAC president and CEO David Dahlin's position will be eliminated though he will help guide the transition between the two nonprofits through June 30.

"I feel like (CC president) Jill (Tiefenthaler) and I came to the decision jointly and decided it would be in the best interests of everyone," Dahlin said. "I'm pleased to shepherd the FAC through an interesting phase and the FAC board and I will finish together. We'll wrap up the era of legal responsibilities and hand it over in a tidy little box to CC to carry on into the future. It's an appropriate time for me to make a transition as the rest of the transitions happen. The board and I walked into this knowing we were basically voting ourselves off having jobs."

Erin Hannan, executive director of advancement and external affairs at FAC, will assume the newly created position of director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College on May 1 and will report to Tiefenthaler. The museum's name will change July 1.

"Erin's got great experience," said Tiefenthaler. "She has the confidence of the current FAC board, the donors in the community and the members of the FAC. She knows the staff and they have great trust. This gives us continuity of leadership at the FAC as we integrate into the college. I'm excited to work with her."

No other positions have been eliminated due to the merger thus far.

Dahlin started work at the FAC in mid-2014 and helped increase earned revenues by more than 69 percent and increased total revenues by 40 percent, according to a press release from both institutions. Hannan has worked at the FAC for 15 years in several roles, including as a staff and board member.

"I'm so indebted to him (Dahlin) for leadership and mentorship and visionary work in championing this alliance," said Hannan. "He's leaving big shoes to fill and a tremendous legacy for setting up the Fine Arts Center for long-term sustainability."

The two nonprofits have worked on the transition since it was announced Aug. 25 that CC will fully integrate the FAC, including its building, art collection and $2 million debit, into the college by July 1, 2020. Management at both institutions are in the middle of an almost yearlong strategic planning process to come up with a three-year plan for integrating the two organizations. Committees have examined the FAC's three program areas, including the museum, performing arts and Bemis School of Art, to determine the best way to incorporate them into CC's academic mission.

A presentation on the three draft strategic plans from the program committees will be available to view online by Feb. 3. Presentations will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 in the FAC Music Room, 30 W. Dale St., and 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in Gaylord Hall in CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

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