Jeffrey S. Reeves was appointed the Arts Center's new CEO and President as of January 1, 2020.
Jeffrey was previously our organization’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, having joined the Arts Center in October 2001.
Of the passing of the baton, Board Chair Robert Lee said, “Momentum is critical to the success of any organization. When an organization loses a successful leader, it is challenged with replacing that leader with a person of equal dedication, passion and skill. When Kathi Bateson approached me about her retirement, our executive committee immediately began the difficult task of finding our new president and CEO.
Well it turns out that the task was not that difficult, because the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina has been blessed with a CEO-in-waiting for 18+ years. I am delighted to welcome Jeffrey as our new CEO. He has proven himself at excelling in strategic leadership and execution. He is the perfect individual to lead the Arts Center with continued distinction.
In leadership roles for more than 30 years, Jeffrey Reeves has demonstrated a strong track record in the finance and accounting fields, commercial construction, as well as in corporate operations and technology management. He has worked in banking and corporate environments, as well as contributed his time extensively as a consultant and advisor for non-profit arts organizations.
Bob also emphasized, “Jeffrey’s business acumen and integrity combined with his commitment to exemplary theater, presenting, education and outreach were vital qualities considered by our board when preparing for this transition, which so far has been seamless.”
Kathi Bateson retired as President/CEO to become Executive Artistic Producer through June 30, 2020. She has served the Arts Center for over 20 years with passion and commitment to the Arts Center and the arts in our region, resulting in being conferred the Elizabeth Verner Award in October of last year as well as the naming of the Arts Center’s main stage, the Kathleen P. Bateson Stage, to honor her legacy.
Jeffrey said, “I am both honored and energized to assume this position and have deep respect for all the work that has taken place to build the Arts Center into the organization it is today.
"I look forward to working closely with the board, members of the management team, and the rest of the Arts Center staff. I am committed to fully engaging with all of our patrons, donors and community leaders to continue expanding our horizons and moving us forward.”