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Lee Keesler resigns from ASC

Arts & Science Council President Lee Keesler told the Observer he plans to step down next summer, leaving the group time to find his successor before he goes.

When Keesler, 53, leaves the job June 30, he will have led the ASC nearly five years. During his time, he helped guide a proposal for a South Tryon Street cultural complex and won financial backing from the city of Charlotte. The complex – including new Mint Museums, Bechtler art museum, a theater and Afro American Cultural Center – is under construction. Museums are scheduled to open in 2010.

He has also spearheaded the ASC's move to sponsor more diverse cultural programs and to bring events to the suburbs surrounding Charlotte.

Keesler said Wednesday it helps groups such as the ASC to have new leadership at “regular intervals,” gaining new ideas and energy.

The ASC hopes to assemble a search committee by mid-September, board chair Donald Truslow said. The group will gather information from the arts community in the fall, he said, and will interview candidates during winter and spring.