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The Arkansas Arts Center will offer new director Todd Herman a base salary of $160,000 a year, and will review his salary and performance yearly, according to a draft letter prepared by the Arts Center financial office. Heather Haywood, spokesman for the Arts Center, said no final contract has been signed yet.

Herman, who will start work July 5, will no doubt be eligible for bonuses based on performance, as was Dr. Ellen (Nan) Plummer, who resigned in 2010 after eight years as director.

Plummer was earning $165,375 when she left.

He'll receive standard Arts Center benefits, travel reimbursements and four weeks paid vacation a year.

The Arts Center will also provide up to $10,000 in moving expenses for Herman, who lives in South Carolina, where he has been chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art.

The Arts Center will provide "pet-friendly" housing for up to three months, or whenever Herman's house in South Carolina is sold, whichever is less.

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