New vice president and chief philanthropy officer at St. Louis Symphony

Posted on: November 11, 2020

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has hired Robert Driver, a former Mizzou [University of Missouri] development executive, as vice president and chief philanthropy officer,” writes Diana Barr in Tuesday’s (11/10) St. Louis Business Journal. “The SLSO hasn’t had an executive in that post since John Easley left the organization in March 2017.… Amy Drummond, who Easley had recruited to the symphony as part of his overall succession plan, left her post as SLSO’s vice president of philanthropy in June this year. Driver has had a 30-year career in nonprofit management and advancement posts in health care, education and the arts. Since 2017, Driver … was assistant vice chancellor for health systems advancement for the University of Missouri-Columbia, which he joined after five years with advancement consulting firm Gonser Gerber, most recently as executive director of Gonser Gerber Search. Driver holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Mizzou and a master’s in arts administration from Indiana University Bloomington.… He began his career in 1989 as assistant artistic administrator for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis” and also served as director of development at Virginia Opera and Washington Hospital Center Foundation (D.C.).