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October 09, 2015

Longtime Carnegie Hall Trustee Named Acting Board Chair

Mercedes T. Bass, an arts patron who has served on the Carnegie Hall board since 1989, was elected Thursday as the panel's acting chairwoman, The New York Times reports. She succeeds Ronald O. Perelman, who stepped down after a stormy eight-month tenure in which he clashed with the board and leveled allegations of mismanagement against the storied venue's top executive.

Ms. Bass had been a vice chairwoman of the Carnegie Hall board since 2006 and holds a similar post at the Metropolitan Opera, to which she and her then-husband, oilman Sid Bass, donated $25 million in 2006. She will lead the Carnegie Hall body while it searches for a new permanent chair.

Mr. Perelman, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, was elected chairman in February. He resigned abruptly last month, a day after sending an email to trustees accusing Clive Gillinson, the  hall's executive and artistic director, of a lack of transparency in financial matters and the board of failing to exercise proper oversight. The board is conducting an internal review of the allegations.