JAG begins search for executive director

Jazz Arts Group's Bob Breithaupt: "I'm not only the executive director, I'm the drummer."

OK, not really.

JAG is looking to capitalize on a decade of successful leadership under Breithaupt by making a blod move forward and replacinmg him with a dedicated administrator.

“As the result of a recent strategic planning process, the board of directors redefined the role of executive director to realize the scale and scope of our ambitions for the organization,” said Carol McGuire, JAG board president. “Advancing the Jazz Arts Group’s growth requires an executive leader dedicated exclusively to our organization."

Breithaupt is also professor of music and department chair of performance studies at Capital University, drummer with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, touring musician, consultant and entrepreneur.

Breithaupt’s tenure will end January 31, and he will continue as CJO’s drummer. Dan Weiss, a former member of the JAG board of directors and recent past president, was appointed interim executive director.

Byron Stripling’s position as JAG’s artistic director is not affected by the management transition. JAG is officially celebrating his 10th anniversary with JAG throughout the year.

Stripling commented, “As I celebrate my tenth anniversary as artistic director of the Jazz Arts Group, I realize we are fortunate to have a man with Bob’s considerable talents and energies lead our organization over the past decade.”

Since his appointment as executive director in 2001, Breithaupt has overseen the growth in JAG’s reputation as Columbus’ third-largest performing arts organization. He spearheaded the establishment of the Jazz Academy, which was integral to the restoration of the Lincoln Theatre and revitalization of the King-Lincoln District. Breithaupt was the founding chair of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium.

“Bob’s visionary thinking, coupled with Byron Stripling’s artistic leadership, have broadened JAG’s impact locally, nationally and internationally,” McGuire said.

“It was the opportunity of a lifetime to assume the leadership of JAG and work with our entire team to shape it into the successful and respected organization it has become today. I am certain that JAG will continue to flourish and expand its reputation as a national leader communicating the vibrancy of America’s unique art form,” Breithaupt said.

Breithaupt is obviously adept at keeping time. JAG is doing the same.

 

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