Kendra Whitlock Ingram
Kendra Whitlock Ingram (B.S. Music Education, 1997) has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Office of the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Marcus Center is the home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, and a wide variety of other programming. She has been praised as "a dynamic, experienced leader whose community and mission-oriented vision is an ideal fit as the Marcus Center begins its next 50 years of success."
Before this appointment, Ingram served as the executive director for The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, where she was responsible for the overall stewardship and strategic direction of the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the successful implementation of its mission, and management of the Center's overall administration. She also served as the Artistic Director for the Center's presenting series Newman Center Presents. Previously, she served as Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, overseeing the artistic direction of OPA's season as well as all education and community engagement initiatives, venue sales and production departments. Ingram has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions including: Managing Director of Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.
Ingram holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University. She is also an alumna of the League of American Orchestras' Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in its Music Management Program and has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. Ingram has also served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Broadway League and Colorado Creative Industries. Ingram's volunteer work has included board membership for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and the Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation; commissioner for the City of Denver Cultural Commission, service on the Western Arts Alliance Conference Committee and Denver Arts and Venues Music Strategy Advisory Panel. Previously, Ingram served as board chair for the non-profit organization Hear Nebraska, and as a member of the Women's Fund of Omaha Circles and The Broadway League's diversity committee.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.