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Terry Dwyer Lands Job as CEO of Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in FloridaVoice of OC

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Terrence W. Dwyer, who served as president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for 13 years, has found a new position as chief executive officer of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The announcement was made late last week by the Kravis Center, where Dwyer will begin his job on Jan. 11, 2021.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Kravis Center as its new CEO,” Dwyer said in a statement. “The excellence of the center’s artistic and community programs, and the strength of the organization developed under Judy (Mitchell)’s leadership, is widely acknowledged. There is an undeniable hunger in these challenging times for the entertainment, inspiration and community connections provided by those programs. I am excited for the opportunity to help ensure the Kravis Center’s continued artistic success and ever-increasing impact throughout its diverse county.”

The Kravis Center’s current CEO, Judith Mitchell, will retire from the position at the end of the calendar year. She was the center’s first and only CEO since its founding in 1992, and served as CEO for nearly 30 years.

“When our beloved Judy Mitchell announced her retirement, we knew that her successor would need to be a person with extraordinary vision, experience and ability to lead us into the future, and we found that person in Terry,” said Jeff Stoops, chairman of the board of Kravis Center, in a statement.

The Kravis Center is similar to the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, offering a range of performances and programs, such as Broadway, symphonies, jazz, cabaret, dance, opera and community events.

The Kravis Center has three performance spaces, the largest one, Dreyfoos Hall, seating about 2,195. The Segerstrom Center’s largest hall, Segerstrom Hall, seats about 3,000.

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The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, where Terrence W. Dwyer will be the next CEO.

The nonprofit database GuideStar lists the Kravis Center’s current budget at $19.26 million. According to its 2017 990 tax returns, the most recent available, the Kravis Center had total revenues of $39.88 million in 2017, and total assets of $159.61 million.

The center’s CEO Mitchell made $446,738 in 2017, plus $50,000 in bonus and incentive compensation and $12,250 in retirement and deferred compensation.

The Segerstrom Center’s 2018 990s (also the most recent available) list total revenues at $77.34 million, and total assets at $457.56 million. So the Segerstrom is a larger entity in terms of scale, revenue and assets.

Dwyer said in an interview that the Kravis Center is “one of the more prominent performing arts centers in the country.”

“There are a number of them that program at a high level,” he said. The Kravis Center “really tries to move things forward — it has the capacity to do that. It has also been led by someone for a long time, and exceptionally well. Its record of artistic achievement and community engagement is really superb.”

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