LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The Board of Directors of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association (LEPAA) today announced the appointment of Jeff Hunsinger as the new Chief Executive Officer.
“Jeff Hunsinger has demonstrated an ability to drive organizational change in the performing arts and bring communities together through collaboration,” said Mark Bass, LEPAA Board Chair. “He brings the leadership and industry knowledge the organization needs at this time.”
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, LEPAA’s CEO provides professional oversight that ensures the organization achieves its vision, mission and strategic goals. In this role, Hunsinger will be responsible for strategic planning, marketing, community outreach, working with resident partners, programming and fundraising for LEPAA, The Buddy Holly Hall and its programs.
“I am excited to serve as CEO of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association and The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. I appreciate the current partnership between LEPAA, Buddy Holly Hall, Ballet Lubbock, Lubbock Independent School District and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to bringing all that LEPAA has to offer to the community,” said Hunsinger. “Together, with community support, we will continue our mission of building community through exceptional experiences, creative collaborations and inclusive access to arts, entertainment and education.”
“LEPAA’s staff and board are thrilled to have Jeff Hunsinger lead our organization,” said Michelle Stevens, LEPAA’s Chief Operating Officer. “His decades of experience in nonprofit arts organizations will enhance LEPAA and The Buddy Holly Hall.”
Hunsinger has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit performing arts management and has served in leadership roles with the Phoenix Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Arkansas Symphony. Throughout his career, he has successfully led changes to improve finances, streamline operations and strengthen artistic programming.
Most recently, as General Manager of the Phoenix Symphony, Jeff has been instrumental in transforming the symphony. These changes included new fundraising initiatives and special events such as The Sound of Speed, Sheet Music Evenings, Taste the Symphony and the New Year’s Eve Gala. A new partnership with Arizona State University, along with new health and wellness initiatives such as Alzheimer’s clinical trials (studying the effects of music on stress levels in dementia patients) and Mind over Music (an educational program that uses music as a catalyst). teaching STEM curricula to improve educational outcomes) are examples of innovative programs that have been critical to change efforts.
After graduating from California State University, Chico, Hunsinger worked in recording arts and broadcasting for several organizations, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Edgar Stanton Writing Institute, Banff Center for the Arts, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, WWOZ 90.7 FM, Dempsey Film Group, ESPN Sports and National Public Radio/Today Show. He was responsible for recording, broadcasting and video production of national and international artists, as well as audio production for film, news and television.
A native of California, Hunsinger studied guitar and clarinet and earned bachelor’s degrees in recording arts, music industry and business administration from California State University, Chico. Jeff Hunsinger and his wife, Melita, have two children and are looking forward to being a part of the Lubbock community.
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