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Board president looks forward to a 'new day'

January 24, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

When Patricia Wolford became The Maryland Theatre's executive director nine years ago, there was a financial hole.

Now, the theater is in the black, said Bob Borngesser, the nonprofit theater board's president - but Wolford is leaving. She and her husband, Ted, are moving to Florida; Feb. 3 is her last day on the job.

Asked how many applicants the board considered to replace Wolford, Borngesser said Timothy Brian Sullivan "really was the primary candidate."

Borngesser said Deborah Everhart, Hagerstown's economic development director, recommended Sullivan. The board liked him, checked his references and decided during the first week of January to hire him.

"He's had the experience where he needs it - theater mechanics," said Borngesser, who declined to give the salary. "He's not stage-struck."

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"I think this is really a new day," he went on, referring not just to Sullivan but to six new members of the theater board, giving it a total of 15.

Borngesser said Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop are new members, "which gives us a direct link to government we didn't have before."

Borngesser said the theater, with Sullivan's help, will be more aggressive about getting grants and funding. A funding reserve could help the theater bring show prices down, he said.

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