MANCHESTER - The board of directors of the Southern Vermont Arts Center and its executive director, Joseph Madeira, have agreed to part ways.

"The board and Joseph Madeira reached an impasse as to the future course of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, and have reached a mutual understanding that Joseph Madeira will no longer serve as executive director," said John LaVecchia, the chairman of the arts center's board, reading from a prepared statement.

The agreement between Madeira and the arts center goes into effect immediately, he said.

Beyond that, LaVecchia declined further comment. When contacted, Madeira also declined to comment at this time.

The next regular meeting of the arts center's board of directors will take place Friday, Nov. 16, LaVecchia said, noting that the full board had not met since the agreement had been struck with Madeira. As a result, a search committee which would be charged with recruiting candidates for the executive director position has not been formed yet, he said.

Last week, the arts center announced the appointment of seven new members to their board. LaVecchia himself is a new arrival, and was appointed as board president relatively recently. He is a also returning board member who had previously served as one of the center's directors, he said.

Madeira was appointed as the arts center's executive director on March 1, 2011. According to a press statement announcing his appointment, Madeira had previously been the deputy director for external affairs at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisc.


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, and had also worked at the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Madeira replaced long serving Christopher Madkour, who stepped down from the executive director position in September, 2010, after serving in that role for 22 years. He was named as executive director of the Huntsville (Ala.) Museum of Art in May 2011.

A further statement from the board may be forthcoming at some point after this week's board meeting, LaVecchia said.