The Board of Directors of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) announces that Anne Conroy-Baiter, its executive director for the past eight years, will step down this year, because of a move to Cocoa Beach, Fla., for family reasons. Her official resignation date will be no later than August of 2014.

“Moving on is bittersweet,” Conroy-Baiter said. “There hasn’t been a day in the past eight years when I haven’t been excited to get to work. I feel that CCAC has been successful in improving quality of life in the region, but there is so much potential to do more. I’m excited to see what happens during the organization’s next chapter. ”

Conroy-Baiter joined CCAC as a board member in 2005 and was then tapped to lead the then-modest arts council in 2006. Her appointment followed the resignation of the previous executive director, Susan Vahl.

Conroy-Baiter’s tenure was marked by a significant expansion of programming, services and scope for CCAC. During the past eight years, CCAC tripled its operating budget, doubled its membership and started such programs as the Community Art and Pottery Studio, the Routes to Art open studio tour, the JCC Center Gallery program, Art on Main retail store and the Arts Business Learning Exchange.

CCAC’s success in those areas has been in part due to increased community awareness through a move to a Main Street location in Allegany, N.Y., as well as a solid multimedia presence, high quality marketing of programs and services, and a comprehensive social media presence, allowing CCAC to be recognized as a valuable and essential community partner for tourism and development.

In addition to her role as executive director, Conroy-Baiter sits on the Board of Directors for Arts Services of WNY, and on Healthy Cattaraugus County: A Drug-Free Coalition.

“Anne has been a wonderful executive director for CCAC, bringing a high level of excellence that is recognized regionally and greatly appreciated by CCAC’s many friends and community supporters. We are sad that she is leaving but are so happy to have had her with us these past eight years,” remarked Thomas Barnes, founder and board president of CCAC.

CCAC’s board has formed a hiring committee and will begin accepting applications for the executive director position immediately. The posting and job description can be found at www.myartscouncil.net.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 15 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, visit www.myartscouncil.net.