Stamford Center for the Arts executive director to resign

Pictured: Stamford Center for the Arts executive Director Elissa Getto (right) presented the SCA Arts Legacy Award to jazz legend Dave Brubeck (center) at the Palace Theater in Stamford in 2010. Getto announced that she will resign from her post in 2013. (Photo/Keelin Daly)

After a four-year tenure in which she led the Stamford Center for the Arts from bankruptcy to solvency, Elissa O. Getto is set to resign as executive director of the nonprofit organization at the end of the year, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Getto, of Stamford, is also credited with reinstating education programs, expanding the SCA staff from three to 11 full-time employees and securing a substantial donation from Harman Industries for a new sound system at the 1,500-seat Palace Theatre.

“I am so proud to have been a part of the successful rebirth of Stamford Center for the Arts,” said Getto, who was named to her current post in July 2009. “I look forward to returning to the consulting world where I can hopefully help other nonprofits find their way back to financial solvency.”

In a statement, SCA Board chairman Michael L. Widland praised Getto for her “strong and wise leadership over the last four years through some very difficult times.”

Before joining the SCA, Getto was the president and chief executive officer of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the executive director and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla.

Scott Gargan