Sheri Rochford has been hired as the new executive director of the Durango Arts Center.
The DAC board of directors finalized the selection at its Dec. 7 meeting. Rochford's first day on the job will be Jan.
4. By then, however, she'll be known as Sheri Figgs, as she will marry former Telluride resident Dan Figgs on New
I am absolutely thrilled that she was willing to take over," said Scott Hagler, who has been the DAC's interim
executive director since July.
She's got such a great reputation in this town, has lots of contacts, and she's perfect for the job."
Rochford will leave her position as gallery director at Sorrel Sky Gallery, where she has worked since May 2007. A
Durango native, she held several positions during her 32-year career at Fort Lewis College, including executive
director of the FLC Foundation and dean of admissions and development. In between FLC and Sorrel Sky, Rochford was
guest services manager at Durango Mountain Resort and the executive officer for the Durango Area Association of
Rochford was hired on a temporary basis for the first half of 2010, but most involved, including Rochford, believe it
will last much longer.
While my contract is for an interim six-month period, this is just a technicality," she wrote in an e-mail. Anyone
who knows me knows that I will give my full attention ensuring donor confidence and building a solid ground of goodwill
for not only the Durango Arts Center, but for all nonprofits as we are really in this together to make our community
The DAC board also will take on a new look next year, and with 13 members, it is in accordance with the DAC bylaws for
the first time in more than a year. The organization is required to maintain a board of 12 to 15 members, but the
roster had dipped to eight early in 2009.
The DAC board for 2010 is Terry Swan, president; Rochelle Mann, vice president; Maureen May, secretary; Tara Homburg
and Cynthia Roebuck, co-treasurers; and board members Dianne Panelli, Allison Anderson, Amy Buchanan, Hagler, Connie
Imig, Diane Wildfang, Crystal Hartman and Bobby Duthie.