The "perfect blend of business acumen and appreciation of the arts"
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod announced on Friday that Kevin Howard was named the organization's new executive director.
Howard is former executive director of the Cape Cod Conservatory where he played an instrumental role in the recent merging of the conservatory with the Cape Cod Symphony.
He is the former president of Wise Living in Chatham and for more than a decade served as vice president of operations at Ocean Edge in Brewster.
"Kevin has the perfect blend of business acumen and appreciation of the arts," said Larry Squire, acting president of the AFCC. "We were fortunate to have such a talented pool of candidates to draw from. Kevin's experiences made him a standout."
Howard said he is eager to help build on the worthwhile programs hosted by the AFCC and continue to carve out the group's role of advocacy and education on behalf of the arts on Cape Cod and beyond.
"I am truly excited about the opportunity to work and advocate for a vibrant arts scene which is the cornerstone of a strong community," Howard said. "From my work with the regional Chamber of Commerce and the recent Symphony/Conservatory merger, there is clearly more that can be done to make the Cape a cultural destination and the arts a key part of our economy through cooperation and collaboration."
David Willard, a member of the AFCC board and leader of the executive director search committee, applauded the process and the involvement from a diverse mix of civic, business, cultural, arts and education leaders.
"With the diversity we had on the search committee it created a more robust, energetic and engaged process from the initial screenings right down to the interviews with the final eight candidates," Willard said. "Everyone actively participated and it was a transparent process."
At its meeting on Thursday, the AFCC board also voted to have interim executive director Rob Sennott join the organization's board of directors. Sennott had been serving as interim ED for the past four months and has been involved in the AFCC for some time.
"We can't thank Rob enough for his steady leadership, guiding hand and can-do attitude over these past months," Squire said. "He stepped in when we needed him to and played an instrumental role."
Courtesy of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.