AOL co-founder Marc Seriff joins Long Center staff

The Long Center for the Performing Arts recently announced that it’s hired one of its board of trustees — AOL co-founder Marc Seriff.

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“Sound & Cinema” at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, with an opening performance by Latasha Lee & The Black Ties and a screening of “Ghostbusters,” on July 15, 2015. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Seriff joins the staff as the center’s Vice President of Special Projects, a new position. Seriff’s salary will be $1/year.

In a press release, Long Center President and CEO Jamie Grant said the transition is all about leveraging Seriff’s experience and dedication. “We didn’t need another consultant,” Grant noted. “What we need is a deep thinker with broad ties to this community and a vested interest in the long-term health and prosperity of the arts in Austin.”

Seriff will be charged with “supporting existing leadership, enhancing collaborative efforts across the community and working on long-term special projects like a potential re-imagining of the Long Center’s outdoor spaces, which is currently in the discovery phase,” the release said.

A native Austinite and UT alum, Serrif became the founding CTO of America Online (AOL) in 1985. He retired in 1996 and returned to Central Texas. He joined the Long Center board in 2008.

Seriff has served as a trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes and the Austin Community Foundation.  At UT, he is a member of the College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honor and currently serves as Chairman of the Director’s Council of UT’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

www.thelongcenter.org

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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