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Knerr Elected President of Pennsylvania Presenters

Hank KnerrHank Knerr, director of the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as president of the board of directors for Pennsylvania Presenters. The election was held on June 6, 2014, at the organization’s annual conference and meeting in Bethlehem, Pa. The term begins July 1.

Pennsylvania Presenters, with offices located in Emmaus, Pa. and established in 1987, is a consortium of performance presenters, artists, and agents working in the touring performing arts field. Consisting of over 125 individual, organizational, and institutional members, the group facilitates dynamic peer-to peer connections and is considered among the top organizations of its kind in the U.S.

Knerr has also served as a board member with the Indiana County Humane Society, Indiana Arts Council, and Indiana County Tourist Bureau and currently sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. He participates regularly as a conference panelist and consultant in the fields of performing arts presenting, community outreach, and arts-in-education and has chaired one regional and three statewide arts conferences. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Presenters honored Knerr with the first Presenter of the Year Award. He joined the Lively Arts and the College of Fine Arts in 1989.

Knerr replaces outgoing president Andrew Cassano from the Zoellner Center for the Arts at Lehigh University, who continues on the board as immediate past president. Other board members include Teresa Baughman, Westmoreland Cultural Trust, Greensburg; Patrick Brogan, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem; Jennifer Cole, Majestic Theater, Gettysburg; Patricia Colosimo, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Laura Kendall, Ware Center, Lancaster; Larry Kosson, Roots Agency; Jennifer Morris, Siegel Artist Management; and John Rhein, West Chester University, West Chester. Catherine Little serves as administrator.

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