When he retires from the arts center in 2014, Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser will take up a new gig at the University of Maryland, the university announced today. The arts leader plans to retire four months early in order to bring his DeVos Institute of Arts Management to the college beginning Sept. 1, 2014. (Kaiser previously said he’d retire Dec. 31; now he plans to step down on Aug. 31.)
Kaiser, who has said he planned to teach arts management when he retires, will lead the institute alongside its current director, Brett Egan. The organization will relocate its staff from the Kennedy Center to College Park, transferring its programs in fundraising, artistic planning, and board development, as well as DeVos’ fellowship opportunities. Kaiser founded the institute in 2001 after he stepped into his role at the Kennedy Center.
In a press release, Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein suggests that Kaiser’s work with the Kennedy Center won’t end in 2014; there may be partnerships in the works between DeVos and the arts center on the Potomac. “We look forward to future collaborations between the institute and the Center,” Rubenstein says. Also, the Washingtonian points out that because of an in-progress alliance between the university and the Corcoran, Kaiser could find himself wading into the Corcoran’s affairs, too.