CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1996 |
The top staff executive of the Orange County Performing Arts Center was forced out of his post, a knowledgeable source in the arts community said Thursday. Tom Tomlinson resigned abruptly earlier this week, with no explanation, as president of the county's most prominent arts institution. Reached at his home Thursday, he declined comment. Meanwhile, Eric Davis, an attorney specializing in employment law, said he has been retained by Tomlinson but declined further comment.
July 24, 1996 |
Local arts leaders said they were shocked, puzzled and saddened Tuesday by Tom Tomlinson's sudden resignation as president of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Bonnie Brittain Hall, executive director of Arts Orange County, a service organization of which Tomlinson was a founding board member, said she was "mystified." It is "uncharacteristic" of Tomlinson or any "top person at a major arts institutions to leave so abruptly," she said.
July 24, 1996 |
The president of Orange County's Performing Arts Center has resigned, officials announced Tuesday, stunning the arts community. Tom Tomlinson, who as chief operating officer introduced more adventuresome programming to the county's most prominent cultural institution, declined to say why he had quit the post he took three years ago. The resignation comes as the center's yearlong 10th-anniversary celebration is coming to a climax.
May 12, 1995 |
A "leadership gap" threatens the future of the county's art scene, making it vital for arts groups to seek out "tomorrow's leaders," the president of the Orange County Performing Arts Center said Wednesday. The president, Tom Tomlinson, suggested that one way the center itself might attract such leaders is to "broaden (the scope of) who we reach and represent" by becoming less "market-driven" and more active "in the business of creating new product."
October 3, 1994 |
Twelve months after taking over the top job at Orange County's largest arts institution, Tom Tomlinson looks no worse for wear. Movie-star tan and not a blond hair out of place, he gives the outward appearance of operating on cruise control. In fact, he works off stress by running 50 miles a week. And his style of leadership draws nothing but raves from the people who work with him. One local arts executive calls him "a problem-solver." Another lauds him as "a consensus-builder."
January 1, 1994 |
Tom Tomlinson was an unknown quantity locally when he was picked in July to succeed Thomas R. Kendrick as head of the O.C. Performing Arts Center. Five months after his arrival from Anchorage (he was director of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts), it still remains unclear what kind of stamp Tomlinson will put on the county's 7-year-old cultural edifice.