Harris is ALCA's new executive director

BLUE MT. LAKE -- Alexandria Harris, Long Lake, has been named executive director for the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here.

Harris has been managing director for the past year, responsible for membership, fund-raising, grants and managing the office.

In her new role as executive director she will take on more responsibilities, such as overseeing programming, hiring staff, helping keep ALCA financially healthy and working closely with its Board of Trustees.

Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2011 from St. Lawrence University and completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction a year later at SUNY Potsdam.

The board was unanimous in naming her executive director. Members greatly appreciate that she has remained tactful, warm and sociable while displaying a welcome enthusiasm for the performing arts, and, more so, the arts center.

This enthusiasm derives from her understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. Harris not only danced at St. Lawrence, she worked in the St. Lawrence Theatre's costume shop. "Having seen things from the inside means a lot as I tackle this new job," she said.

Board members agree. One added, "You only have to talk to Alex once to know how much she cares. We've gotten to know her well over the last two years, and she's proven herself over and over."

When asked of her goals, Alex said happily, "I'm determined to make the arts center even better this year. My husband and I love the area, and have recently bought a house. I'm very committed!"

Harris assumed her new responsibilities in March. Stephen Svoboda continues as artistic director.