Carol Roberts-Spence is leaving UTEP for UTPB.
Roberts-Spence, the gregarious redhead who runs UTEP's Special Events department, is taking a job at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, where she'll run a new, "state-of-the-art" performing arts center due to open in 2011.
She'll start there March 1. Her last day at UTEP will be around Feb. 19, she said.
“I get to build a performing arts center from the ground up,” she said of the $65 million, 1,800-seat theater, a cooperative venture between the cities of Midland and Odessa and UTPB.
A lot of people in her business "would die" for the chance to do that, she said.
“I’ve been here 20 years,” she said. “I think I’ve contributed to this university and the community for live entertainment. It’s an opportunity. ... Change is good, if you can affect it for your benefit.”
Roberts-Spence helped create UTEP's Special Events office in 1998. A 1990 UTEP grad, she's worked in events programming there since 1989.
During her lengthy tenure, the former Shakespearean actress helped bring major names such as the Rolling Stones, ‘N Sync, Shakira, George Strait and AC/DC to UTEP’s Sun Bowl and Don Haskins Center.
The UTPB theater will open in October 2011, with a grand opening planned for 2012.