Broadway World: Ilitch School alum and mentor announced as new president and CEO of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the hiring of Christopher Harrington as its new president and CEO, effective Nov. 1. As president and CEO, Harrington will lead the Saint Paul nonprofit, which is home to a wide variety of performances, including Broadway @ the Ordway, Concerts @ the Ordway, dance, and programming for young people and families, including the annual Flint Hills Family Festival. Harrington holds an M.B.A. and a bachelor of music from Wayne State University. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and is a mentor in the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business Corporate Mentor Program. The announcement comes ahead of the Ordway's reopening later this month after being closed for 18 months due to the pandemic. "The Ordway is one of the nation's leading performing arts centers and boasts diverse programming, a world-class venue and a dedicated community of arts supporters," said Harrington. "I couldn't be more thrilled to join the talented Ordway team and serve as the organization's next president and CEO. I look forward to collaborating with the board, staff and Arts Partnership to build on the Ordway's rich legacy and immerse myself in the vibrant arts community here."