The woman who has been running the city of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture on an interim basis for the past year was appointed Friday as executive director by Mayor Kevin Faulconer‘s office.

Dana Springs, who has been on the commission’s staff since 2000, oversaw the installation of the largest-ever display of city-owned artwork when the Central Library opened last September.

Dana Springs. Courtesy photo.

Deputy Chief Operating Officer David Graham said Springs has “excelled in managing a variety of programs” during her time with the commission.

The leadership of the commission has been in flux since the resignation of longtime director Victoria Hamilton in November 2012.

Hamilton was succeeded by Denver arts official Denise Montgomery in May 2013, but she left two months later when the administration of then-Mayor Bob Filner dissolved into scandal.

In its most recent report, the commission said it spread more than $6 million among 72 local arts organizations in the fiscal year that ran from July 2012 to June 2013. Programs supported by the commission were attended by 1.6 million visitors to San Diego, according to the report.

— City News Service