Pell City Center reorganizing staff
PELL CITY – The Pell City Center is expanding and building upon its services and mission by reorganizing its staff.

“The Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts Board of Directors voted to create the position of art director earlier this month to coincide with the theater season of September to May and named Kathy McCoy to that post,” Board Chairwoman Carol Pappas said. “She has been serving as executive director for the past six years.”

Pappas said in that post, McCoy would be responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating concerts and productions for the performing arts center. She will also direct at least two productions per season, and be responsible for technical direction at the theater.

“We are in our sixth season now,” she said.

Creating the Pell City Center was a joint effort, according to Pappas.

“It was a situation where a group of people wanted a theater for a long time,” she said. “Guin Robinson was mayor at the time and he appointed a committee to do a feasibility study. At the same time, the Pell City Board of Education needed to build an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant gym. They pooled their resources and it led to a building with a 2,000-seat sports arena and 400-seat theater separated by a grand lobby.”

Pappas said it was a joint effort between the city of Pell City, the Pell City Board of Education, other donations and support from the community.

“Guin Robinson and Dr. Bobby Hathcock (superintendent of Pell City schools) were instrumental in making it come to fruition,” she said.

Pappas said McCoy has done an incredible job as executive director.

“We are very excited with the progress at the theater so far,” she said. “We look forward to taking the theater to the next level with the two positions.”

McCoy said she has been “wearing two hats” for six-and-a-half years.

“We have maintained and been strong, even during tough economic times,” she said. “I want to take the Pell City Center to the next level and am excited about this—we all think it’s a good idea.”

McCoy said they are currently looking for an executive director and will hopefully have one by the end of May.

“This has really been a dream of mine for several years, to move into the artistic direction of the theater,” she said. “This will allow me to delve deeper and concentrate on where my heart lies—the artistic side. I’m excited and looking forward to it.”

Pappas said the position of executive director is a full-time position, focusing on administrative responsibilities, marketing, fundraising and grant writing.

“The changes resulted from a strategic planning session the Board held in January,” she said.

Pappas said the staff changes don’t represent an increase in salary cost. The salary range for executive director is $30,000 to $35,000 commensurate with experience.

“We are negotiating a contract with Kathy McCoy for the seasonal position at about $18,000,” she said.

Pappas said the executive director position description is posted at the Pell City Center and the job description is also available for review online at

For more information, contact the Pell City Center at 205-338-1974 or send resumes to 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL 35125 or email to Carol Pappas at

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