Kozberg tapped to top Arts Center

Group to expand programming to reach greater auds

Joanne Corday Kozberg, the former president of the Music Center Inc., has been named president and CEO of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.

Kozberg became prexy of the Music Center in February 1999 after serving five years as California secretary, state and consumer services, under Gov. Pete Wilson. In September, after merging with the Music Center Operating Co., the Music Center Inc. became the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Since that time, the Performing Arts Center’s board of directors has been searching for a permanent president and CEO for the newly created organization.

“The Center is poised to expand its programming and services to reach an even greater audience,” said Andrea Van de Kamp, chair of the board of directors. “Joanne Kozberg’s leadership and vision will ensure that we meet and exceed our goals.”

Kozberg’s relationship with the Performing Arts Center goes back to 1980, when she first became a member of its board of governors, a post she held until 1991. In 1986, she was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to the California Arts Council, and chaired that org from 1988-91. From 1994-99, she served as a member of the board of directors of the Center Theater Group, which calls the Performing Arts Center home.

“This is an incredibly exciting time in the Center’s history, one of tremendous opportunity and challenge,” said Kozberg. “I am absolutely delighted by the opportunity to work with the board of directors, our outstanding resident companies, our volunteers and our professionals to reach new heights and new audiences.”

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