Zev Buffman, a Broadway veteran who is president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall, will be sticking around a while longer.
Ruth Eckerd Hall officials announced Tuesday that the board of directors has extended Buffman's contract through December 2016.
Buffman, 84, joined Ruth Eckerd Hall in January 2012. The nonprofit organization soon kicked off a $20 million fundraising campaign to improve the main hall on McMullen-Booth Road and restore the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater, which Ruth Eckerd operates. The decision to renew his contract was unanimous, with the board citing Buffman's commitment to the organization and area and praising his oversight of the renovation and reopening of the Capitol in 10 months.
Buffman has a show business career that spans more than 60 years, working with everyone from Charlton Heston to Dustin Hoffman to Carol Channing. He has produced more than 40 Broadway shows and 100 national tours, including Elizabeth Taylor's theatrical debut in The Little Foxes. He has received 29 nominations for Tony Awards.