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Louisville Candidate Ready To Take Over Miamis New Performing Arts Center

Written by on April 4, 2002

By Jaime Levy
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With an agreement for the job made Monday and a deposit placed Tuesday on a Brickell Key apartment, the lack of a written contract is not delaying the man chosen to lead Miami’s performing arts center from preparing for his move.

Michael Hardy said he expects to sign a four-year contract to become the president & CEO of the Miami center – and have the document approved by the Performing Arts Center Trust and the county manager – within 10 days.

The center’s top post is a joint appointment by the Performing Art Center Trust and the county, which earmarked more than $250 million for the facility, slated to open in 2004.

"We all shook hands around the table," said Mr. Hardy, now finishing his term as head of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. The trust’s search committee selected him March 12 for the new post.

Juan Loumiet, vice president of the Performing Arts Center Trust and chair of its search committee, said Mr. Hardy would likely start in early June, although he will visit Miami sporadically. Mr. Loumiet would not give a specific dollar figure for Mr. Hardy’s salary but said it was "well-within what we expected" – between $200,000 and $250,000.

"He left here with both of us happy that we reached an agreement on all the material points of his engagement," Mr. Loumiet said. "We’re getting a top, top, top quality individual at an extremely fair compensation level."

Mr. Hardy said he is eager to move into his 16th-floor apartment overlooking the Miami River. Among his top priorities, he said, are developing staff and targeting money from a $1.5 million Knight Foundation grant to foster joint initiatives between the center, its five resident groups and the Performing Arts Center Foundation.