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World-Renowned Arts Management Institute Relocates to UMD

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Dear Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs:

I am pleased to announce that Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. since 2001, will be joining the University of Maryland as Professor of the Practice, starting September 1, 2014. 

In his distinguished 13-year career at the Kennedy Center, he transformed its educational and artistic programming; created major art festivals from China, Japan, India, Russia, and Arab countries; renovated most of its arts facilities; and grew its philanthropic support dramatically. He also partnered with public schools and local governments to create sustainable arts programs for K-8 students. 

Mr. Kaiser will relocate to UMD the DeVos Institute of Arts Management which he created and oversees at the Kennedy Center. The self-supporting DeVos Institute—recognized as the international gold standard in the field—has provided advanced training to arts administrators and arts management consultation to cultural organizations, governments, and foundations in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries. It is directed by Brett Egan, who leads a global team of consultants and instructors. 

Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Egan, and the staff of the DeVos Institute will continue their work at the College of Arts and Humanities and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. This is an exceptional opportunity to expand arts management education and raise the profile of the arts at Maryland. 

Mr. Kaiser previously served as Executive Director of the Royal Opera House in London, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. At all three institutions, he restored their artistic luster and financial health. As a consultant, he has also helped turn around orchestras, theaters, and art museums. He has published several acclaimed books on management and strategic planning in the arts. He writes a weekly arts column for The Huffington Post

Among the honors he has received are: Washingtonian of the Year; Helen Hayes Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership; Order of the Mexican Eagle (from Mexico); Cultural Exchange Award (from China); St. Petersburg Medal; Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America; Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award from the Arab-American Foundation; and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University. 

Mr. Kaiser studied economics at Brandeis University and received a master's degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management. 

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Egan, and the DeVos Institute staff to our University community. 

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland