Interlochen initiates search for next president

As we begin 2016, Interlochen starts a yearlong search for its next President and CEO. As previously announced, Jeff Kimpton will be retiring in the summer of 2017, and a global search for his successor has been initiated.

The Interlochen Board of Trustees has appointed a Trustee Search Committee composed of the following people:

Keith Baum, Co-Chairman
Don V. Cogman, Co-Chairman
Gordon F. Brunner
Barbara Kratchman
John F. Manuel
Thomas W. Morris
Katherine E. White
Glynn T. Williams
John McGarry, Chairman of the Board (ex-officio)

Additionally, an Advisory Committee to the Trustee Search Committee was named, including:

Bill Sears, Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy
Anne Cooper, Instructor of Theatre Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp
Steve Hale, Ex-Officio Trustee
Dan Besselsen, Controller, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Kristina Nichols, Assistant Vice President, Camp Programs
Laurie Orth (IAA 81-84), Interlochen Alumni Council
Michael Jackson, Trustee Emeritus
Sally Eisele, General Manager, Interlochen Public Radio
Michael Mittelstaedt, Director and Instructor of Motion Picture Arts

The members of the Advisory Committee represent academy and camp faculty, alumni, administrative staff, parents, former trustees and community leaders, Interlochen Public Media, and  division directors—all of whom will assist us with outreach to various constituencies with an interest in Interlochen.  

The firm Isaacson Miller has been retained to facilitate this global search and the two representatives from IM are Sheryl Ash and Kate Rockman. Anyone who has a candidate recommendation should send the name and contact information directly to Isaacson Miller at

Additionally, a special presidential search email address has been created for anyone wishing to communicate with the Trustee Search Committee Co-Chairmen—it is

There will be multiple avenues of outreach to the Interlochen community including on-campus focus groups in January and an online survey that will go out to multiple segments the last two weeks of January.  The objective is to seek opinions on the challenges facing Interlochen in the next decade, and the skills/attributes/experience most desired in the new President.  

Regular updates on the process and timetable of the search will be posted on this website.