We've been hearing rumors for some time now that Ellen Dressler Moryl will soon be stepping down from her post as director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. We finally got some confirmation when we spotted a job listing seeking a new director for the office.
Moryl has held the position since the OCA was founded in 1977. Two years later, she designed and launched the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and has overseen its running ever since. Working alongside Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., she's been an integral part of the city's cultural community for more than 30 years. Moryl did not respond to requests for comment, but the city's Media Relations Director Barbara Vaughn says that Moryl will remain on staff until someone new is hired.
The city is now seeking applications for the position, with a flexible deadline of Jan. 13. The new director will be paid between $53,273-$63,000 a year and they'll be responsible for everything from assisting the mayor with developing city arts policies to serving as a spokesman for city arts programs to directing city-sponsored festivals. See charleston-sc.gov/employment for the full job listing.