by Brooke Alpart
The Society of the Four Arts has announced that Dr. David W. Breneman has been named as the organization’s new president and CEO. Dr. Breneman currently serves as university professor and Newton and Rita Meyers professor in Economics of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He will start at the Four Arts on January 1, 2015, succeeding Ervin S. Duggan who announced his retirement in December of last year. Dr. Breneman is more than qualified for this position and is predicted to build on the wonderful legacy of Ervin Duggan.
Dr. Breneman’s selection comes at a time when the Four Arts is expanding its programing scope and mission through its lifelong learning program, Campus on the Lake. In 2013, the Four Arts opened the Dixon Education Building, a state-of-the-art education facility with classrooms, lecture halls, an art studio, and a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes. During the first season that the building was open, more than 7,800 people took part in Campus on the Lake programs. The Society of the Four Arts hopes that the new president can increase its outreach to the community, enhance the programming, and enlighten the members and the public.
Founded in 1936, the Society of the Four Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to presenting notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions to the public. The campus along the Intracoastal Waterway is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, as well as Palm Beach’s local library.