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VOL. 129 | NO. 121 | Monday, June 23, 2014

Schadt to Leave ArtsMemphis at Year End

By Andy Meek

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ArtsMemphis president and CEO Susan Schadt will step down from her role at the arts funding organization after 13 years, soon heading to a new job at a Memphis-based publishing firm.

Dec. 31 is her last day with ArtsMemphis, after which she’ll take over as CEO and owner of Wild Abundance Publishing. That firm, which Schadt founded in 2008, specializes in books focused on conservation and the arts.

Schadt started the book firm to publish lifestyle books focused on American sporting life and culinary culture, and so far it’s published three books. They are “First Shooting Light,” “Wild Abundance” and “A Million Wings.” A fourth book, “MEMPHIS: Sweet, Spicy and a Little Greasy,” is due out this fall.

Elizabeth Rouse, meanwhile, will take over as ArtsMemphis president and CEO at the start of 2015. The ArtsMemphis board recently elected Rouse as president and chief operating officer.

Schadt praised Rouse’s expertise in fundraising and grant-making. ArtsMemphis board Chairman Bob Craddock called Schadt a “strong and important voice” for ArtsMemphis, which under her leadership completed a $27.2 million endowment campaign, among other things.

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