February 2, 2018

Yale appoints leaders for Schwarzman Center, athletics dept.

Photo | The Kennedy Center.
Photo | The Kennedy Center.
Garth Ross was named the first executive director of Yale's Schwarzman Center this week.

Yale University has tapped Garth Ross, vice president of community engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to lead a new cultural center and campus hub set to open in 2020. He was one of two key appointments the university announced this week.

Ross, a theater producer and director, will be the first executive director of Yale's Schwarzman Center, to be housed in the historic Yale Commons and Memorial Hall, the university said Wednesday.

New York financial executive and Yale alumnus Stephen A. Schwarzman donated $150 million to renovate the facilities and create the center, envisioned as hub for student life and cultural and performing arts programming for the public.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Yale President Peter Salovey introduced Colgate's Victoria M. "Vicky" Chun as the university's new director of athletics, physical education and recreation.

Chun, vice president and director of athletics at Colgate for the last six years, will oversee 35 varsity teams and an array intramural and club sports, Yale said. She is the first woman and Asian American to hold the post.

Chun begins July 1, succeeding Thomas Beckett, who is retiring at the close of this academic year.

Ross will start his new job in April, after completion of the Kennedy Center's current season, the university said.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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