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Carnegie Names New Executive Director

The Carnegie named its new executive director on Tuesday.

Kimberly Best, who has been interim director since May when Katie Brass resigned, will take over on a permanent basis at the largest multi-disciplinary arts organization in Northern Kentucky.

She first joined the Carnegie in 2009 as a development associate before leaving in 2013 to work for the Bethesda Foundation. Best returned in 2016 to take on the position of deputy director where she was responsible for finance, external affairs, administration, and operations.

“Kim has been doing a fantastic job these past few months during the transition,” said Sara Vance Waddell, Carnegie board president, in a statement. “The board leadership is confident she is the right person to move the organization forward.”

Best has a degree in arts administration from the University of Kentucky and has a professional background in development and fundraising.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve The Carnegie in this capacity,” Best said in a statement. “For nearly a decade I’ve had the privilege of being part of this organization and I am honored to take on this role.”

The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center. 

-Staff report

Photo: Kimberly Best (provided)