Former Director Defends Actions At EKU Center For The Arts

Oct 14, 2013

A year after her resignation, the former director of the EKU Center for the Arts has publicly explained her actions.  Deb Hoskins was subject to an internal probe that alleged fiscal misconduct and sexually inappropriate behavior.  During WEKU’s “Eastern Standard,” Hoskins defended her tenure at the publicly financed facility.

Credit David Perry / Lexington Herald-Leader

“You know there’s an old saying `don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers,’ and hopefully folks won’t. But the EKU Center was left in very good shape, they had money in the bank, and they had great programming that I did for the first two years,” said Hoskins.

Hoskins was the center’s 2nd executive director.  It was built with $30-million in public funds.  Hoskins said launching the EKU Center for the Arts was a very confused and complicated process.

“It was a roller-coaster very quickly, accounting practices and all of that hadn’t been established.  We didn’t have a box office system when we first opened the facility.  All of that of course has been in place and the university stepped in and helped to obtain all of those things as we went along.  And enough said about that,” said Hoskins.

Hoskins, along with Eastern Kentucky University, also fought the public release of internal documents that described alleged misconduct.  Hoskins, who also helped run the Norton Center in Danville, now directs the Lancaster Grand Theater.