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Retired attorney Maland to serve as AoA's interim director

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Retired attorney Mark Maland has been hired to serve as Arts of the Albemarle’s interim director while the arts group searches for a new leader.

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From staff reports

Monday, August 27, 2018

Retired attorney Mark Maland has been hired to serve as Arts of the Albemarle’s interim director while the arts group searches for a new leader.

Maland, who practiced law with Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland for four decades, takes over for Larry Jay Gid­dens, who resigned last week to take a job with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.

In an AoA press release, Maland described Arts of the Albemarle as a “great asset to this community” and noted the executive director “has a real opportunity to impact the quality of life in northeastern North Carolina.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the talented staff and dedicated board members to keep AoA moving forward,” he said. “We have a very busy calendar of events and two new facilities to develop.”

Maland is no stranger to AoA. He’s served on the organization’s board of directors and as its treasurer.

Ann Hoffman, AoA’s board president, said in the release the board was “delighted” to learn Maland was interested in serving as the organization’s interim director. She said he has “both a deep knowledge of AoA’s mission and vision as well as a wealth of community connections.” She also said his legal experience will be helpful to AoA, particularly in handling contracts with performers and vendors.

“He will provide the needed administrative and operational leadership to keep AoA on course while we conduct the search for new director,” Hoffman said of Maland. “With Mark providing managerial oversight, we can move carefully and deliberately in our search and selection process.’’

Hoff­man said last week that the search for a permanent director has already started but AoA has no timetable yet for finding Giddens’ successor.

According to AoA’s press release, Maland is a native of Long Island, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a master’s in business degree from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He practiced law with Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland from 1977 to 2011, then served in an “of counsel’’ role until fully retiring this year.

Maland lives in Elizabeth City with his wife, Lillian. He has two adult children.

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