Jeffrey S. Kimpton

President, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jeffrey Kimpton is the seventh president of Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he leads all aspects of its distinguished programs in arts education, public broadcasting, presentations and engagement. 

Mr. Kimpton has 40 years of experience as an innovative leader in teaching and administration. He has been a leader in K-12 and higher education in the arts, with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Kimpton has taught and led music education programs in New York, Minnesota, Kansas and Michigan, developing programs of regional and national distinction in performance, program and faculty assessment, and public engagement. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and holds degrees in music education and music & arts administration.

In addition to his direct work with students and educators, for eight years Kimpton led strategic planning, music education research, product research, and program development for Yamaha Corporation of America. He also led research and professional development at Brown University, studying the impact of public engagement on school change for the Annenberg Institute. Immediately prior to becoming president at Interlochen, Kimpton was director of the School of Music and professor of music education at the University of Minnesota where he led undergraduate curriculum reform, improved faculty assessment and governance, increased enrollment numbers, and led the efforts to raise more than $15 million in scholarship funds.

Kimpton was appointed president of Interlochen Center for the Arts in fall 2003. His vision and leadership have strengthened Interlochen’s brand in a rapidly changing world. He has led significant program and curriculum growth at Interlochen Arts Camp, supported the expansion of programming and coverage by Interlochen Public Radio, and strengthened marketing, communications and virtual engagement efforts. During his tenure, Interlochen has added motion picture arts as an artistic discipline of study and introduced Interlochen College of Creative Arts - a program that offers creative, artistic and professional development opportunities for adults. He has overseen more than $25 million in capital expansion and historic preservation - adding more than 120,000 square feet of new buildings. These include a new dormitory, DeRoy Center for Film Studies, Bonisteel Library complex, Dow Center for Visual Arts, additions to Harvey Theatre, and significant improvements to campus infrastructure and technology. 

Kimpton is a frequent presenter at arts and education conferences, and is a highly sought consultant by arts and education organizations in the United States and Canada - particularly those that are undergoing systemic changes.