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February 2, 2018

Garth Ross Named Executive Director of Schwarzman Center at Yale University

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—Garth Ross, vice president of community engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has been named the inaugural executive director of Yale University’s Schwarzman Center. Ross’s tenure will begin after the completion of the Kennedy Center’s current performance season.

The Schwarzman Center will expand the university’s performing and fine art spaces and offer platforms for collaboration between arts programs in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional divisions at Yale. The center is also expected to serve as a new hub for student and faculty social life. The center is named after Stephen A. Schwarzman, a financier and Yale alum who donated $150 million to the center. Construction of the center, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, is expected to be complete in 2020.

“Garth will be a crucial partner in creating opportunities for collaboration, mutual learning, and connection among students in this vibrant intellectual and social hub,” said Yale University president Peter Salovey. “The Schwarzman Center’s location, comprehensive and innovative programming, and technological capabilities will make it the crossroads of the campus and place Yale at the crossroads of the world. I look forward to working with Garth to expand dramatically the number of virtual and in-person visitors, performances, and exhibitions on campus.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work within a community with such a deep commitment to cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion,” Ross said. “The work I lead at the Kennedy Center focuses on increasing stakeholder influence over what we present and how we present it, so that the center truly reflects our communities. I firmly believe that through collaboration, the Schwarzman Center experience can reflect the cultural richness of the Yale community. And that will be truly extraordinary.”

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