A farewell message from President Kimpton

  • Jeffrey Kimpton conducts the Interlochen Arts Academy Band during a rehearsal for their March 10 performance.

On the last day of his 14-year tenure as president of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Jeffrey S. Kimpton took a moment to reflect on the events and accomplishments of his presidency. He also remembered the rich and meaningful relationships with the faculty, staff, students and greater community of Interlochen that made his successes possible.

In a letter to the community, President Jeffrey S. Kimpton said:

“Fourteen years ago I made a decision to come to Interlochen Center for the Arts. The trustees asked just one thing of me: take Interlochen into the 21st century. My response was that this was a journey only possible if the people of Interlochen decided that change was in the best interests of Interlochen.

Over the past 14 years the people of Interlochen did work together to take Interlochen to places I could only dream about in 2003. I am immensely proud of the challenges we have met and the achievements we earned together. None of this could have happened without strong leadership in our community, a committed group of trustees, employees, students, parents, alumni, donors, volunteers, listeners and audiences who shared and worked for a vision of Interlochen for the future.”

He then thanked everyone in the Interlochen community:

“Thank you to each and every one of you who helped provide positive support and active engagement along the way, those who were willing to say that the future was exciting, not something to fear.

As Julie and I prepare to leave Interlochen, we do so with great pride in your accomplishments, respect for the hard work so many have expended, and appreciation for the faith and commitment of everyone to the Interlochen mission. We will miss you all.”

Jeffrey Kimpton was inaugurated on Oct. 8, 2003. During his presidency, he added several new programs, including Comparative Arts, Motion Picture Arts, the Interlochen College of Creative Arts and the Singer-Songwriter program. He also oversaw the construction of many campus buildings, including the DeRoy Center for FIlm Studies, Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness and the Bonisteel Library. Kimpton also led diversity initiatives, increases in scholarship funding, global partnerships and Interlochen’s recent capital campaign, CREATE AMAZING. President Kimpton will be succeeded by Trey Devey, who was formerly the president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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