MEMPHIS, TN (June 23, 2014) – Susan Schadt who has been President & Chief Executive Officer of ArtsMemphis for the past 13 years, has stepped down as President of the arts funding organization. She will remain CEO of ArtsMemphis until December 31, 2014, when she will become CEO and owner of Wild Abundance Publishing, a Memphis-based firm that specializes in the publication of books that focuses on conservation and the arts.
Elizabeth Rouse, ArtsMemphis’ Chief Operating Officer, has been elected as President and COO by the Board of Directors of ArtsMemphis. Rouse, who joined ArtsMemphis in 2006, also has served as the organization’s Chief Development Officer. She will become President and CEO on January 1, 2015.
“Elizabeth is a fantastic asset to ArtsMemphis and our great success over the years is based in large part on her contributions, including her expertise in fundraising and grant making. I have deep respect for and much confidence in Elizabeth and her leadership skills,” Schadt said.
Since 2002, ArtsMemphis has allocated more than $45 million to arts organizations in Memphis and Shelby County.
Schadt founded Wild Abundance Publishing in 2008 to publish lifestyle books that focus on American sporting life and culinary culture. Wild Abundance has published three books – First Shooting Light, Wild Abundance, A Million Wings. A fourth book, MEMPHIS: Sweet, Spicy and a Little Greasy is due for publication this fall.
“Susan has been a strong and an important voice for ArtsMemphis. Under her leadership, ArtsMemphis completed a $27.2 million endowment campaign, benefited from the transformational rebrand of the entire organization and formed an innovative and successful partnership with Ducks Unlimited,” said ArtsMemphis Board Chairman, Bob Craddock.
“We look forward to Elizabeth’s leadership and vision as ArtsMemphis continues to support the growing arts community throughout our area.”