Aspen Music Festival renews Fletcher’s contract

Posted on: June 8, 2010

In Tuesday’s (6/8) Aspen Daily News (Colorado), Catherine Lutz writes, “Aspen Music Festival and School officials appeared to reverse course on Monday when they awarded embattled President and CEO Alan Fletcher a new two-year contract, during a special meeting of its 48-member board of trustees. Also at the meeting, Rob LeBuhn stepped down as board chair by a majority vote of the board. The move is a major turnaround for Fletcher, whose previous contract was set to expire in September. The music festival’s 147-member corporation passed a no-confidence vote against him in late April. … Criticism of Fletcher mounted last summer after he laid off some faculty members, reduced the student class size and shortened the festival length from nine to eight weeks. The changes were all apparently approved by the board.” Last fall, it was reported that the board’s executive committee had voted to let Fletcher go; he submitted his resignation in mid-October 2009. “But Fletcher was back to work in November after the complete board apparently reversed that decision. … AMFS board vice-chair Mike Murray will serve as chair in the interim until the board can convene to elect a new chair, according to a music festival press release.”

Posted June 8, 2010