Kozberg stepping aside for more artistic leadership

Joanne Kozberg has resigned her post as president of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, but will remain on board until a replacement is hired.

Kozberg, who joined the Music Center in February 1999, said she had achieved the goal of creating a structurally integrated institution and wants to hand the reins to an individual who can elevate the Music Center artistically. “Such a leader should be able to capitalize on the unique moment in 2003 when so much attention will be focused on Los Angeles with the opening of the Disney Concert hall,” she said. “This is the appropriate time for me to bring new balance to my life enabling me to concentrate on my other important roles, chief among which is as a member of the University of California Board of Regents.” Kozberg’s 12-year term as a regent ends in 2010.

The downtown Music Center encompasses the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. It is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Opera and the L.A. Master Chorale.

Kozberg is credited with increasing public and private support, partnering with Los Angeles County to improve maintenance and customer service.

Formal plans for a search to replace Kozberg have not been established.

Before joining the Music Center, Kozberg did a five-year stint as secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency. She was exec director of the California Arts Council from 1991-93 and chair of the council from 1989-91. From 1983-90, she was a senior policy adviser to Pete Wilson, then a U.S. senator.

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