The president and CEO one of Dayton priemere arts organization is leaving his post.
Victoria Theatre Association Board of Trustees Chairman Martha Shaker announced the retirement of VTA President and CEO Ken Neufeld at a meeting this morning,
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Neufeld will officially retire on Aug. 31, according to a press release.
Victoria Theatre Association owns and operates the Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Metropolitan Arts Center (home to The LOFT Theatre), and the Arts Garage.
A national search for VTA’s next President and CEO will begin shortly.
“We thank Ken for his unyielding leadership and dedication to the VTA and this community,” Shaker said of Neufeld. “Clearly, the arts community is in a better place today because of Ken’s vision and passion for the arts. The improvements and innovation in our programming, our latest fundraising campaign as well as improvements to our physical plant, can all be credited to Ken’s leadership. We are sad to see Ken and his wife, Lesley, leave us but wish them the very best in retirement.”
Neufeld joined the VTA about a decade ago.
He is credited with expanding the VTA’s programming to feature a broad range of performances for diverse audiences that have attracted thousands of new patrons to VTA venues and downtown Dayton.
Shaker said he instituted the Next Stage Campaign, which has raised more than $13 million, including $10 million for the VTA’s endowment and $3 million designated for infrastructure improvements in the Association’s facilities.