Clemson names new leadership team for Brooks Center

From left, Thomas Hudgins, Sarah Edison and Dr. Eric J. Lapin will become the new leadership team at Clemson University's Brooks Center on July 1. Photo by Ashely Brown, Clemson University.

A new leadership team will take over the Brooks Center for Performing Arts later this month when longtime director Lillian U. Harder steps down after 21 years.

The team, which takes over on July 1, includes Brooks Center coordinator Sarah Edison; Thomas Hudgins, director of marketing and communications; and Dr. Eric J. Lapin, lecturer of music.

“I am so excited to work with our new Brooks Center leadership team next year,” said David Hartmann, chair of Clemson University’s performing arts department.

“Thomas, Sarah, and Eric each possess a distinctive skillset, a passion for the arts and a love for Clemson’s unique performing arts program. The future is indeed bright here at the Brooks Center,” he added.

Edison, who received her undergraduate degree in production studies in performing arts from Clemson University, will become director of outreach and operations. She will oversee production and community outreach efforts. Edison previously worked as an intern at the Brooks Center in the 2011-2012 season and has provided support for the university’s STEAM network.

Hudgins, who previously served as the Brooks Center coordinator from 2011 to 2013, will become the managing director. He will oversee public relations, artist booking, patron management, and fundraising efforts.

Lapin is set to become director of artist initiatives. He will oversee grant writing, consult on artist selection, and assist with marketing. Lapin, who began working at Clemson in 2009, will continue to teach classes in jazz history, art administration, and applied clarinet.

Harder plans to remain involved at the Brooks Center, continuing to book her signature Utsey Chamber Music Series and speaking to performing arts classes.

“I have truly loved serving as director of the Brooks Center for 21 years, and I have been so fortunate to have a fantastic team and loyal patrons,” Harder said.

“Having worked with Thomas, Sarah and Eric, I have the utmost confidence that the transition will be seamless,” she added. “These three young professionals have excelled in their jobs at the Brooks, and I am thrilled that they are being given the chance to advance. I look forward to their continued accomplishments.”

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