Pittsfield Cultural Development director nominee selected


PITTSFIELD -- Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi has nominated Jennifer Glockner, the city's tourism coordinator, as director of Cultural Development.

In the post, Glockner would replace Megan Whilden, who left last month to become director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College.

Contacted Wednesday, Glockner said she was "very excited about this great opportunity," but she declined further comment at this time.

The nomination will be submitted to the City Council for confirmation at its June 10 meeting.

"Finding a match for the position was not an easy task," Bianchi said. Whilden "brought unique creativity to Pittsfield."

The Cultural Development director is in charge of promoting and developing the arts, events and creative economy in Pittsfield.

Bianchi said he established a search committee to conduct the initial reviews and interviews for the position. The committee was comprised of Michael Taylor, personnel technician for the city; Peter Lafayette, past president and board member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.; Andrew Kelly, Pittsfield Cultural Development board chairman; and Mary Rentz, president of the Berkshire Art Association.

"Jen is an excellent communicator, a skilled writer with personal warmth and charisma," Rentz said in a release. "She works well with others, as a leader and as a member of a team."

Bianchi said, "I was pleased when the search committee unanimously recommended Jennifer for the position. We had strong candidates; however, her experience in working with arts and culture in the Berkshires was unmatched."

Glockner has worked in marketing, communications and arts and culture in the Berkshires. Her employment history includes working for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, as a public relations director for Winstanley Associates and working for The Berkshire Eagle. She is a volunteer and officer for various local charitable enterprises.

"While having a background in business and marketing was important for the new director, it was absolutely crucial for the future success of the arts and cultural initiatives in the city that we found a person well-versed in both arts and cultural development, and who understands the important business that the arts plays in our region," Bianchi stated.

The advertised position required a bachelor's degree in arts, journalism, marketing or related discipline, with a graduate degree preferred. The candidate was required to have a minimum of five years of senior-level experience in cultural or economic development, arts administration, marketing and journalism or government management.

Another key for the position was an awareness and understanding of the arts and its progression in the community, the mayor said.

Bianchi also stressed a "need for partnering with area businesses and successfully managing events."

Glockner will be leaving her current position as tourism coordinator, a post within the city's Cultural Development office. There, she has worked with the visitors center, RSVP, Discoverpittsfield.com, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Development.

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