Adelphi University Announces New Assistant Dean and Executive Director of AU PAC

Adelphi University has hired William Prenevost as the new executive director of AU PAC.

Garden City, NY, March 03, 2011 --( Adelphi University is pleased to announce the appointment of William Prenevost as the new assistant dean and executive director of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AU PAC), the cultural arts anchor for the Long Island region. Mr. Prenevost had previously served as interim executive director of the AU PAC since August 2010, supervising the management and production staff, and leading a strategic planning process for the center which opened in 2008. With this appointment, he will also serve as assistant dean for the departments of theatre, dance, and music, overseeing recruitment, faculty development, and a new performing arts management program.

William Prenevost’s 30 year career in arts management includes successful leadership roles in major regional theaters, symphonies, and art museums. From 2008 to present, he headed his own consulting practice in which he provided executive management services for the Dallas Theater Center, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he successfully guided the top-tier company through a recession-spurred budget crisis. From 2002 to 2008, he was managing director of the Kansas City Repertory theatre, and served on the Executive Committee of the prestigious League of Regional Theatres.

From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Prenevost was the senior officer for external affairs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of America’s leading museums. He guided the museum’s marketing and communications program increasing the museum’s attendance and its national profile. Under his watch, the museum was featured in The New York Times, on CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, and ABC’s Nightline. Mr. Prenevost has also supervised marketing programs for Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, the Cleveland Play House, and briefly the Cleveland Orchestra. His previous symphony experience was as the executive director of The Orchestra of Illinois formed by the musicians of Chicago’s Lyric Opera in the 1980s.

Mr. Prenevost is also a playwright and author. His comedy Sparts Radio was produced by Kansas City’s Just Off Broadway theatre in 2006. He has also written articles on arts marketing and management for the national trade journal ArtsReach. An alumnus of Illinois State University, Mr. Prenevost has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre.

“I’m thrilled about this excellent opportunity,” said William Prenevost. “It’s a remarkable University with an impressive faculty, supportive staff, and bright enthusiastic students. The Performing Arts Center has a special quality about it, and features a 500-seat concert hall that is an acoustical and visual gem. Our goal is to make it not only the hub of creativity and artistic training for our students, but a home for world class performers to be enjoyed by everyone.”

To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit or call the AU PAC Box Office at 516-877-4000.

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

Adelphi University
Kali Chan
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