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UNI hires new operations director for Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center <br>

December 4, 2002

Steve Carignan, director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, (319) 273-3665
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert R. Dippel has joined the University of Northern Iowa as operations director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

He will oversee finance and operations, develop special projects, and act as a liaison to Friends of the GBPAC.

Dippel got his start in arts management at the Waterloo Community Playhouse in 1977. He served on the board of directors and executive committee of the League of Historic American Theatres and was the founding president of a number of arts organizations, including the Florida Association of Community Theatres and the Al Ringling Theatre in Wisconsin.

Dippel holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. He comes to UNI from Sandusky State Theatre in Sandusky, Ohio, where he served for three years as executive director of the restored 1928 movie palace. Prior to that, he was general manager of the Texas Playhouse in Waco, Texas and executive director of the Waco Hippodrome Theatre.