NEW YORK –– Juilliard has named Alexandra Wheeler as vice president and chief advancement officer. She will serve as a key member of the leadership team and work closely with Juilliard’s board of trustees, guiding the school’s philanthropy and membership programs and alumni relations. Wheeler’s appointment begins today.
Wheeler comes to Juilliard with more than 25 years of experience in fund-raising and nonprofit arts management, including two tenures at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she was most recently deputy director and chief advancement officer. During her time at the Whitney, she transformed its advancement department into one of the most successful museum fund-raising teams in the country and led the successful completion of an eight-year, $670 million capital campaign to build and support the museum’s new downtown Manhattan home. Prior to that, she held roles at Cambridge in America, Exit Art, The Fund for Dance, and the Joffrey Ballet. Wheeler holds a BA from Brown University.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Alexandra Wheeler to our senior management team at Juilliard,” Damian Woetzel, president of Juilliard, said. “Alexandra brings a wealth of experience in supporting extraordinary artistic possibilities, and I look forward to working with her to further the education and futures of our students.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining Juilliard, the global leader in performing arts education,” Alexandra Wheeler said. “This is an exciting time in the school’s history, and I look forward to working with Damian Woetzel to help advance his vision of a Juilliard ‘ever stronger, ever more inclusive, and ever more creative.’”
Wheeler succeeds vice president of development Elizabeth Hurley, who left Juilliard to become chief development officer at Lyric Opera in Chicago in March 2018; Katie Murtha, who has been acting director, will continue to serve as director of major gifts.
About The Juilliard School
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.
Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in more than 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.
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