AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – Following a national search, Auburn University's Office of the Provost has named Christopher Heacox as executive director of the Auburn University Performing Arts Center, effective July 1.
Heacox will provide creative and strategic leadership to Auburn's new 85,000 square foot Performing Arts Center, scheduled to begin construction later this year.
In addition to programmatic oversight, Heacox will manage the center's administrative functions, including artistic programming, marketing and branding, building operations, philanthropic support and outreach and educational initiatives.
Heacox joins Auburn from Florida State University where he served for five years as executive director of the institution's Opening Nights Performing Arts Series.
Prior to Florida State, Heacox served as executive director of both Friday Musicale and the Riverside Fine Arts Association in Jacksonville, Florida, and as managing director of the Porter Center of the Performing Arts at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina.
Following a groundbreaking in March 2017, the Performing Arts Center is set to open in summer 2019. Located on College Street across from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the center will include multipurpose venue seating for approximately 1,200 guests, box office, catering kitchen, wardrobe and dressing rooms and conference and support office spaces.
Construction of the center was made possible through a $25 million lead gift from 1957 graduates John and Rosemary Brown.