President Levy to leave Lincoln Center in 2013

Posted on: September 27, 2012

In Tuesday’s (9/25) New York Times, Robin Pogrebin writes, “Reynold Levy, the president of Lincoln Center who shepherded an ambitious redevelopment of its 16-acre campus during hard economic times, will step down at the end of next year. Mr. Levy, who assumed the post in 2002, informed the board on Thursday, explaining that he was leaving mainly because his work was done; the last piece of the center’s redevelopment project will be completed on Oct. 1, when the new pedestrian bridge spanning West 65th Street opens to the public. The move was announced on Monday afternoon. … Supporters say part of Mr. Levy’s legacy will be the collaborative spirit he built, using diligence and diplomacy, among the complex’s 11 historically contentious constituent groups, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet. … The center was able to raise $1.3 billion over the course of his tenure, much of it a result of a schedule that put him at work at 6:15 a.m. and regularly had him staying on till 11 p.m. for events. … Mr. Levy, 67, said that his one solid plan for his future involved ‘beaches and books’—although he intends to write some of those books as well as read them. (He has written one on the job: ‘Yours for the Asking: An Indispensable Guide to Fund-Raising and Management.’)”

Posted September 27, 2012