Patrick J. Nugent named president and CEO of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Posted on: July 6, 2021

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the partnership organization of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera, has appointed PATRICK J. NUGENT as president and CEO, effective August 2. He succeeds Interim CEO Patricia McDonald, who has led the organization since February 2020. Nugent joins the DPAA from Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he was vice president of development and organized a $10 million emergency fundraising campaign during the coronavirus pandemic, initiated the opera company’s first-ever advocacy strategy, and built up its major gifts program. Prior to that, Nugent was executive director of Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, launching a plan for financial stabilization, sustainability, and expansion. He also worked previously with the Beech Acres Parenting Center and Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio, spent five years working in Kenya, and served six years as a professor at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Nugent received an undergraduate degree in classics and theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity with a minor in Islam from the University of Chicago.