President, CEO of Overture Center dies following 7-month fight with cancer

President, CEO of Overture Center dies following 7-month fight with cancer
Overture Center for the Arts

The president and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts died Friday after a seven-month-long fight with cancer.

According to the news release, Sandra Gajic, 66, was being treated at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. She was surrounded by her children, extended family and friends.

With over 28 years of experience as an executive in the arts, Gajic was the first woman to run the Overture. She began her tenure Aug. 13, 2018, after taking over for Ted DeDee when he retired in May 2018.

The release said Gajic was known for increasing Broadway subscribers, introducing new board policies, expanding the work of the equity and innovation department as well as broadening the multicultural programming.

“Sandra was very energetic and passionate and had a drive about her that was really second to none,” said Betty Harris Custer, chairman of the Overture board of directors. “She will be immeasurably missed and mourned. In her all too short, fifteen-month tenure, she accomplished more than many might have in years. The Sandra Gajic legacy will live on. As said in ‘HAMILTON,’ her story will be told.”

Custer said the Overture Board of Directors Executive Committee will hold a special session Monday to discuss plans for an interim CEO, with an announcement being made in the near future.

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