A search is under way for a new executive president to head the Utah Pageant of the Arts following the Dec. 10 resignation of former president Ron Tiffany.

Tiffany, who served as president of the pageant for three months and as a board member for three years prior to that, said increased business responsibilities led to his resignation."I received a promotion earlier and the demands are a little greater," Tiffany said. Tiffany, employed by Best Products Co. Inc., was transferred from the Provo Best store to a larger store in Salt Lake City.

"I think they're (the pageant) in good shape, far better than a year ago at this time," Tiffany said. "It was a difficult period of time. I think it is well on its way now. Fund raising is under way, and at the time I left, had raised $30,000."

American Fork City Councilman Don Hampton, who sits on the pageant's executive committee, is serving as acting president in the interim. Hampton praised Tiffany's efforts on behalf of the pageant.

"Mr. Tiffany stayed with the pageant until the fund raising and other progress had been completed," Hampton said. "We appreciate him staying with us as long as he did. We are pleased with the budgetary controls and fund raising that is in progress now, and by the end of January we will have more exciting progress reports."

Hampton said members of the executive committee are preparing suggestions for a new executive president and will make recommendations at an executive committee meeting on Jan. 14.

Also, on Tuesday the pageant's executive committee appointed Betty Spencer as marketing and advertising director. Spencer also will assist Laurie Sowby in public relations for the pageant.

Spencer worked with the pageant for 13 years before resigning her board position three years ago.