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The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida has hired Mark B. Kent as its first Executive Director.
 
       Previously vice president at the Atlanta Symphony, Kent has more than 25 years experience developing and implementing programs for such organizations as the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, and West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  
 
     At the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, he will be responsible for the successful day-to-day operations of the approximately 175-member chorus. He also will oversee planning and vision in the areas of finance, marketing, fund development and community engagement.
 
     Reporting to the organization’s Board of Directors, Kent will oversee an annual budget of approximately $500,000 and work collaboratively with key staff members, especially Artistic Director and Conductor Gordon Roberts and Development Director Ed Corley. Roberts has been Artistic Director since the chorus was formed nearly five years ago, and Corley assumed his position two years ago as the chorus’ first full time employee.
 
     “Mark will work closely with Ed Corley in fulfilling our need to continually raise funds and resources, also serving as mentor to the board, leadership team and our many volunteers,” noted Doug Pew, Board of Directors chair. “I am very excited about the caliber of his background and dedication.”
 
     “In just five short years, this chorus has become a very successful musical entity, and the hiring of an executive director is a vital next step for this amazing group of men,” Roberts said. “I believe that Mark Kent is an excellent choice for this position.” 
 
     “The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is the most exciting community arts organization emerging in Florida at this time,” Kent observed. “It truly reflects a diverse community and gives voice to LGBT citizens through engaging concerts of the highest artistic caliber. I am thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary organization.”
 
     Dennis St. Jean, chorus president, observed that Kent’s experience and interest in developing and implementing arts education and community programs is in total sync with the chorus’ vision to “inspire audiences, move spirits, open minds and change hearts.…”
Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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