Blake Smith, director of operations for the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, has been named the new general manager of the Clayton Center for the Arts located on the Maryville College campus.
Smith will begin his new job on June 1. He replaces Robert Hutchens, executive director of the Clayton Center, who announced in January that he would retire May 31.
“We are excited to welcome Blake to the Clayton Center,” said Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, Maryville College president. “We believe he will build on the excellent work of Robert Hutchens, who opened the Center in 2010 and helped establish it as a hub for the celebration of the arts in various forms and expressions.”
As general manager, Smith will be responsible for the business development of the Clayton Center, as well as oversight of all operational aspects of the facility and the College’s Corporate Sales and Events Office.
Members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the College, the City of Maryville, and the City of Alcoa.