Elizabeth Hurley to Become Vice President for Development and Public Affairs at Juilliard

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Elizabeth Hurley (Photo by Justin Astafanous)
Elizabeth Hurley (Photo by Justin Astafanous)


Dr. Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School, today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Hurley as the School’s Vice President for Development and Public Affairs.

Ms. Hurley is starting at Juilliard immediately, after stepping down from her post as Vice President for Museum Development at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-2013.)  Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Grant Park Music Festival (2009-2010) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.  Her wide-ranging New York and Chicago-based senior arts administration experience includes serving as the Director of Development at The Metropolitan Opera (2006-2009), and a fifteen year tenure at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, culminating in five years (2000-2005) as Vice President for Development.  At Juilliard, Ms. Hurley will lead the School’s all-important fundraising and scholarship efforts, and is liaison to Juilliard’s Board of Trustees, in addition to managing the departments – communications, concert operations, design services, and publications – responsible for the School’s external messaging and functions.

In announcing Ms. Hurley’s appointment, Dr. Polisi remarked: “Elizabeth Hurley has a distinguished record of accomplishment in the profession, and a deep commitment to the world of performing and visual arts. She has proven very successful in helping to shape institutional plans and goals, and to build the resources needed to support them. At Juilliard, she will bring the leadership skills, technical expertise, and passion for our mission that we value and need in the time ahead. She will lead a team in Development and Public Affairs that is committed to the mission of educating future generations of musicians, actors, and dancers. We are very pleased to welcome Elizabeth and her husband Mark to the Juilliard community.”

Ms. Hurley holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in English from Rhodes College in Memphis.

About Juilliard     

The Juilliard School established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. Its alumni are among the most famous recitalists, orchestral and operatic musicians, administrators, and teachers. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, combining contemporary and ballet technique. Its accomplished alumni also include many of today’s celebrated choreographers. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Jazz performance was initiated in 2001 and Historical Performance in 2009. Most recently, Juilliard expanded its acting education to include a master’s degree program whose first class entered in fall 2012. In 2009, Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program; and also collaborates with Carnegie Hall, founding The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, and Ensemble ACJW; Signature Theatre – for Juilliard Drama’s ‘Professional Studio’; and the New York Philharmonic, whose Music Director Alan Gilbert also is Juilliard’s Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard.