In November 2016, Kendra Whitlock Ingram was appointed to the executive director position for the Newman Center for the Arts at the University of Denver. For the previous five years, she served as Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, overseeing the artistic direction of OPA’s season as well as all education and community engagement initiatives. Ingram has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions including: Managing Director of Shenandoah Conservatory, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.
She holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University. She is also an alumna of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. Ingram has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in its Music Management Program and has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. Ingram has also served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Broadway League and Colorado Creative Industries. Ingram’s volunteer work has included service as board chair for the non-profit organization Hear Nebraska, and membership in the Women’s Fund of Omaha Circles, Women of Color in the Arts, and The Broadway League’s diversity committee.