Following the announcement of the retirement of Victoria Theatre Association’s President and CEO Ken Neufeld earlier this year, the organization’s next leader has been announced.
This afternoon, the VTA announced their selection of Ty Sutton as new president and SEO. Sutton will officially replace Neufeld, who retires on Aug. 31.
Sutton joins the VTA after three years as the Inaugural Executive Director of the Butler Arts Center at Butler University. He brings more than 20 years of arts venue management experience, as well as extensive fundraising, marketing and programming knowledge to the VTA, according to the press release.
“My philosophy has always been that the arts bring people together,” Sutton said in the news release. “I am very impressed with the level of commitment and financial support the Dayton community has given the Dayton arts scene, especially in embracing Victoria Theatre Association’s world-class facilities and arts programming. With the addition of the new Arts Annex, I believe our venues can accommodate any type of performance and allow us to grow the diversity of our shows while broadening our audiences. I am eager to lead an organization with such an outstanding record of success. Continuing to grow our offerings and making a positive impact in people's lives will be at the top of my priority list. Dayton will be a great place for my family to call home."
The selection comes after a six-month international search, conducted by leading arts executive recruiting firm Management Consultants for the Arts.
“We thank Ken for his unyielding leadership and dedication to the VTA and this community,” said the Victoria Theatre Association Board of Trustees Chairman, Martha Shaker of Neufeld. “Clearly, the arts community is in a better place today because of Ken’s vision and passion for the arts.”