With change being the only constant, various local cultural organizations are closing one chapter to usher in the next. here, PBI recognizes the outstanding contributions of Palm Beach County culture’s outgoing leaders, and celebrates the arrival of fresh faces.
After a watershed 30-year term, during which she’s overseen 15,000 performances and 9.5 million tickets sold, Judith Mitchell is drawing the curtain on her career as CEO of the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The only CEO in the Kravis’ history, Mitchell was hired in 1989 to serve as development director for a yet-unbuilt performing arts center. Following its first full season in 1992, she was promoted to CEO. Today, fresh from a $40 million expansion, the Kravis Center is an integral thread of South Florida’s cultural fabric.
Following 10 years as president of the Science Center in West Palm Beach, Lew Crampton passed the baton to Kate Arrizza, who added the title and responsibilities of president to her role as CEO, which she has held for the past two years. Under Crampton, who will continue to serve on the board, the Science Center became one of the busiest in the nation when measured by visitors per square foot. Arrizza will now oversee all programs and operations, including the Science Center’s plan to double in size and build the fifth-largest aquarium in Florida by 2025.
At Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, which has grown into one of the world’s top research, sea-turtle rehabilitation, and ocean-conservation institutions since its 1983 incorporation, Jack Lighton is shifting gears from CEO into a senior advisory role. He will continue to assist with the center’s long-range strategy and $20 million expansion. Tim Hannon and Caitlin Farmer will serve as interim co-CEOs. ()
After serving as director of community engagement for eight years, Margaret Horgan has been promoted to managing director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. She is now entrusted with the financial and physical welfare of all assets of the landmarked house, gardens, grounds, and art collection.
On a mission to rebrand and better tell the city’s story, Old School Square hired Shannon Eadon as its new president and CEO. She plans to raise awareness of the Delray Beach historic site and its cultural programming by implementing educational and outreach programs at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and veterans’ organizations, among other initiatives.
Based in Boca Raton, The Symphonia has named Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis its new principal conductor and artistic advisor. Willis, who has guest conducted with the chamber orchestra for several seasons, has also led performances with premier orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic.