LIVERMORE -- The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has appointed a new executive director, announcing the hiring of Ted Giatas, a former president and CEO of the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

Lured out of retirement, Giatas replaces LVPAC's original executive director, Len Alexander, who retired at the end of August. Giatas, who has an extensive background in fund raising, said his main focus will be to stabilize the Bankhead Theater financially.

"I think the community is fantastic and it's great getting back into the fray," Giatas said.

Giatas, 65, retired from the McCallum Theater last year after 13 years, during which time he guided the theater to become one of the top revenue producing venues in the state, according to a press release. Before joining the McCallum in 1999, Giatas served as president and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts in Michigan for nearly 20 years. There, he interacted with scientists at the nearby Dow Chemical Company and Dow-Corning Corporation, an experience he'd like to continue exploring in Livermore.

"I think science is an integral part of the arts, and I'm excited for the opportunity to further develop that," he said.

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