By Nancy Ford
Ballet Maneuvers. Following 17 years of dedication that grew Houston Ballet into the United States’ fourth-largest ballet company, Houston Ballet executive director Cecil C. Conner Jr. has announced he will retire. (See OutSmart‘s cover story on Conner “Ushering Houston Ballet into the future,” April 2011.) Houston Ballet’s current general manager and former dancer, James Nelson, becomes the ballet’s executive director beginning February 2012, when Conner steps dow
n. The “Jubilee of Dance” has been scheduled Dec. 2 to honor Conner’s contributions. houstonballet.org.
New Dean at Glassell. Museum of Fine Arts Houston has named Patrick Palmer as Faculty Chair/Dean of the Glassell School and Art History Department. An artist whose work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, and elsewhere, Palmer was tapped for the position following former chair/dean Suzanne Mann’s retirement. mfah.org.