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The Midland Center for the Arts Board of Directors have appointed Jon Loos to serve as Interim President & CEO while the organization continues its national search for a new leader.

Since March 1 of this year, the Center has been jointly led by Vice President of Marketing & Development, Diane Willcox and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Loos. “Our search is taking place at an unprecedented time, with far more open executive roles than would typically exist within the national cultural space.  The board of directors have determined that a streamlined leadership model will be most effective during this interim period as we work to recruit the visionary and inspirational leader that the Center and our community deserve,” noted Mark Flegenheimer, chair of the board’s executive search committee.

Loos has served the Center for the Arts as Vice President of Operations and Guest Experience since 2017, and was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in November of 2020. During his tenure at the Center, Loos has helped lead a transformation that resulted in audience growth of over 60%, a doubling of earned revenue, and the creation of new outdoor programming and unique food and beverage services through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, he directly led the Center’s clean-up and restoration effort following the devastating flood in May of 2020.

Midland Center for the Arts’ Board of Directors are working with Chicago based Koya Partners, a leading executive search firm serving the national Arts and Culture space, to identify and recruit the next permanent President & CEO. “The Center is poised to reach historic heights with our $47 million capital campaign for the transformation of our facilities,” said Lisa Ungerleider, Midland Center for the Arts’ board chair. “Jon’s appointment as Interim President and CEO provides solid, skilled, and consistent leadership as we prepare for our upcoming renovation and our incredible performing arts 2022-23 season, which is already setting records for both subscription sales and donations.  The Center’s staff and board are committed to maintaining the robust forward momentum that we’re so proud to have achieved.”

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Midland Center for the Arts is a cultural destination in the Great Lakes Bay Region, bringing world-class art, science and history exploration under one roof. The Center is home to a 1,500-seat theater for touring Broadway musicals and talent from around the globe, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and more; a 400-seat theater with locally produced theatrical productions; a hands-on interactive museum of science and art; the collections and archives of the Midland County Historical Society; visual art classes and summer camps. To learn more about Midland Center for the Arts, visit

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