City Cultural Affairs Manager Resigns from Position

9 years 4 months 1 week ago Monday, November 22 2010 Nov 22, 2010 Monday, November 22, 2010 8:07:19 AM CST November 22, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - City Manager Bill Watkins today announced that Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Manager Marie Nau Hunter will resign her position, effective in February 2011. She and her husband B.J. plan to stay in Columbia with their two young sons. 

“I am honored to have worked for the City of Columbia and City Manager Bill Watkins,” Hunter said. “I will never forget the opportunities afforded me and feel so very proud to have been a city employee for nearly 14 years.”

Hunter joined the city staff as a cultural program assistant in 1997, advanced to cultural program specialist and attained her current position in 2001. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history and archaeology from the University of Missouri.

During her time with the city, the Missouri Arts Council and state Department of Economic Development designated Columbia the state’s first “creative community.”  Hunter received the Missouri Arts Council’s Leadership in the Arts award last February. 

Watkins said that he plans to start a search for Hunter’s replacement in the coming weeks. “We will advertise nationally, and I will ask an advisory committee to help with the process.”

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