The I-526 drama was the big draw of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, but Mayor Joseph P. Riley dropped a big bombshell on the crowd when he announced the new director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. After spending several minutes praising founding executive director Ellen Dressler Moryl for her 35 years of work in the department, Riley introduced the crowd to Scott Watson.

According to an article in The Post and Courier, Moryl’s official retirement will take effect in January but she will stay on staff as the consultant and artistic director of the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

We’re still working on getting in touch with Moryl and Watson, but according to Watson’s LinkedIn profile, he most recently served as the Marketing Director at Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York (thanks to Jazz Artists of Charleston’s Leah Suarez for the Twitter link). He’s also worked for The New York Times and the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Some deeper Googling revealed Watson’s New York Times wedding announcement from 2007. He’s married to College of Charleston grad Maura Hogan, a former promotion director for The New Yorker who’s written for The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Gourmet, and Garden & Gun, according to her profile on MediaBistro. Watson graduated from Wesleyan University and received a master’s in Eastern classics from St. John’s College.

Stay tuned for more updates on the transition.

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