OPERA NEWS - Henry Timms, Head of 92nd Street Y, Named as Lincoln Center's Next President and CEO
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7 February 2019

Henry Timms, Head of 92nd Street Y, Named as Lincoln Center's Next President and CEO

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LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS announced today that it has appointed Henry Timms, the head of the 92nd Street Y, as the arts complex’s eleventh president and CEO. Timms’ tenure at Lincoln Center will begin in May 2019. 

Since 2013, Timms has served as president and CEO at the 92nd Street Y, where, among other accomplishments, he was responsible for raising $160 million towards the organization's capital campaign; and eliminating a significant deficit, resulting in operating surpluses and new relationships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. While at 92Y, Timms co-created the globally recognized “Giving Tuesday” movement, which has spurred more than $1 billion in donations to nonprofits, and presided over the center’s lecture and interview series, the Harkness Dance Center, the Unterberg Poetry Center, and the Tisch Center for the Performing Arts. He also co-created what has become the organization’s Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact

“The performing arts transform lives, forge mutual understanding and strengthen societies,” said Timms. “The vision and commitment of Lincoln Center’s board, and the talent of the leaders and organizations on campus, are unparalleled. The privilege of collaborating with these remarkable individuals and of leading this unique institution is an extraordinary honor.”

“Henry is a trailblazing leader of the highest caliber. His combination of collegiality, digital savvy and transformational thinking will be an enormous asset as we develop exciting new projects, and bring the well-known excellence of the arts at Lincoln Center to the broadest possible audience,” said Katherine G. Farley, Lincoln Center’s board chair, who announced Timms’ appointment today. “Henry’s signature style is collaboration, complemented by innovation, ingenuity and enthusiasm, which will serve him well as he works closely with all of our constituent arts organizations.”

Timms’ appointment as Lincoln Center’s president follows a period of significant administrative upheaval for the complex, which last April saw its previous president, Debora L. Spar, leave after one year in the post. Her tenure followed the departure of Jed Bernstein, a Broadway producer, who in April 2016 was removed as Lincoln Center’s president after a two-year term when it came to light that he had failed to disclose a personal relationship with a staff member whom he had also promoted. 

As Lincoln Center’s president, Timms will be responsible for presiding over the nation’s largest arts complex, which houses eleven resident constituents. He will also oversee the Center’s own artistic programming, which includes the Mostly Mozart Festival, Great Performers and the White Light Festival. Timms will also be responsible for shepherding the challenging renovation of David Geffen Hall; that venue was to have undergone a $500 million revamping that would have displaced the New York Philharmonic for at least two years, before that plan was abandoned in October 2017 for a strategy that would emphasize phased, incremental changes to the venue. 

Timms, who originally hails from Exeter, England, is the co-author of the international bestseller New Power: How Power Works in the 21st Century – and How You Can Make It Work for You. Before joining 92Y, Timms was the international director of London’s Louise Blouin Foundation, which supports and cultivates cultural programs throughout the world. Prior to that, he worked for two of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’ charities promoting the importance of the arts in business and for children. spacer

More information can be found at Lincoln Center.

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