Alumna, Staff Completes Prestigious Fellowship
Title: Audience Services Director
Department: Theatre & Dance
Elizabeth Saltzgiver ’99, audience services director in the Department of Theatre & Dance, recently completed a prestigious fellowship program for middle-managers in the arts in central Ohio.
The Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts Fellowship Program is designed to help middle-managers foster and cultivate leadership skills, in order to excel in higher-level arts administration. The Fellowship began in 1999 as a program of The Academy for Leadership and Governance, a division of the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts in Columbus. It is now sponsored and supported by Barbara Fergus, owner of the Midwestern Auto Group.
This highly competitive program selects only eight to 10 candidates annually. Saltzgiver, who has held her position at Otterbein since 2000, was nominated by fellow Otterbein alumna Christy Farnbauch ’88, program director of the Fellowship, who worked with Saltzgiver on the Columbus Arts Marketing Association and was impressed by her skills and attitude.
“I am so honored to have been a part of this program and feel so blessed to have been given this extra guidance in my life – it has served me both professionally and personally,” Saltzgiver said.
The selected fellows are challenged to identify their strengths and weaknesses, find their voice and discover how to effectively use their internal attributes to be the best leader they can be.
“We help them to peel the onion back,” Farnbauch said.
“More than anything, I have learned to identify my personal strengths and weaknesses and to find ways to use those to my advantage,” Saltzgiver said. “I also feel an increased sense of confidence in my ability to make decisions and to voice opinions. The program required a lot of self-reflection, reading and journaling. It wasn’t always easy.”
“I am honored for this support,” Saltzgiver continued. “The Fellowship was an incredible opportunity, and I know that I am only beginning to see the benefits of the nine months of work.”
Saltzgiver is a past board member of the Westeville SERTOMA Club and currently a valued member of the Board of Trustees of the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau. The City of Westerville has established that 2013 will be the Year of the Arts, and Elizabeth has been instrumental in several of the city’s programs – serving as Chairperson for the Rhythm and Arts event on January 12 and as the Otterbein liaison for the City of Westerville Parks & Recreation Community Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, August 2-4 at Westerville Central High School.