Susan Mendenhall, Arts United director of resource development, was selected as the organization's new president, board chairman Andy Boxberger announced Friday.
The organization used the formal dedication of Auer Center’s $1.6 million ArtsLab addition to introduce Mendenhall’s new position. The new facility can seat up to 200 people, and features versatile seating and staging options.
The Arts United Board of Directors voted Thursday to name Mendenhall president.
Mendenhall, who will succeed former longtime leader Jim Sparrow, will be directing a staff of more than 25 employees, and serving as the primary representative, facilitator and spokesperson for cultural and arts organizations within the community.
Mendenhall, a graduate of Indiana University, has a bachelor's degree in public and nonprofit management and a master's degree in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. Before joining Arts United, Mendenhall worked as the League of American Orchestras Development Fellow at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; she also worked as the campaign and donor services manager for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
The executive position has been vacant since September when Sparrow resigned from Arts United after 15 years to accept the position of president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina.