So we're not saying that this was because of the big-ticket sales tax snafu that The Durham News broke late last year.
But, it's sure gotta be at the top of the speculation list given the timing -- i.e., soon after the announcement, and on a snowy Friday afternoon to boot.
We don't know any more than has been in the funnies about the tax issue (though I'm still curious how this squared up, IIRC, with the state changing taxability of theater tickets, museum admits, college meal plans and a range of other adjustments.) And we'd be remiss if we didn't give a tip-of-the-hat for Nocek's role in revitalizing both a facility and its programming, both much more vibrant since his tenure.
Update: Per the H-S, it was the taxes.
The theatre’s board of directors “felt new leadership was needed to restore confidence and get us back on track,” said Ellen Reckhow, who represents the Board of County Commissioners on the theater board. “Unfortunately, the board was not aware of the challenging financial situation until fairly recently,” Reckhow said.
The theater’s board of directors named businessman and philanthropist Dan Berman interim president and CEO. Berman served as board chair for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and is a board member and finance chair of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
From local architect and Carolina Theatre board prez Scott Harmon:
Dear Theatre Supporter,
As chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., I am writing you today to inform you that Bob Nocek has stepped down as our president and CEO. His resignation is effective immediately.
Under Bob’s leadership, the Carolina Theatre has played a key role in the renaissance of downtown Durham. We are grateful for his service and wish him well in his new pursuits.
Stepping in as our interim CEO will be businessman and philanthropist Dan Berman. Dan has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, for which he served as board chair. He is currently a board member and finance chair of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Dan will assume responsibility for all financial, operational and programming activities at the theatre as of Monday. He has agreed to volunteer his services and will receive no compensation for his work as interim CEO.
We feel very strongly that with your continued support, the hard work of our staff and volunteers, and Dan’s guidance, the Carolina Theatre will strengthen its role as a community treasure presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Director of Development Treat Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or me at email@example.com