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Annenberg Center Director: Michael Rose

Dr. Michael J. Rose, executive director of the Glassboro Center for the Arts at Rowan University since 1988, has been named Managing Director of the Annenberg Center.

The appointment, effective March 16, was announced by Interim Provost Michael L. Wachter, who called Dr. Rose "enormously creative, energetic and knowledgeable about the performing arts," and praised his "strong financial, marketing and managerial skills."

Dr. Rose succeeds Stephen Goff, who has been with the Annenberg Center since its inception in 1971 and became managing director in 1976. Mr. Goff resigned last August but agreed to continue in office during the search for a successor.

An alumnus of Hamilton College, Dr. Rose received a master's degree in German literature and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. He also holds a master's degree in comparative literature from Brooklyn College, and an MBA from Drexel. Before taking over the Glassboro Center he was Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey for 11 years.

As head of the Glassboro Center, Dr. Rose has led a highly successful enterprise. To its halls--including a 910-seat concert hall and a 235-seat recital hall--he brought performers ranging from the New York City Opera and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to the Canadian Brass and Moscow Radio Symphony; from classical soloists James Galway, Isaac Stern, and Andre Watts to actors Mandy Patinkin and Loretta Swit; from jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis, Diane Schuur, and Pat Metheny to international programs such as the Chieftains, Vienna Boys Choir, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo; from nationally touring Broadway musicals such as Grease, Tommy and Damn Yankees to family events such as the Flying Karamazov Brothers and Peking Acrobats.

He collaborated with Rowan faculty, students and staff as well as with artists to enhance programming and outreach, developing among other things an extensive program of young people's matinees. "He has helped to establish Glassboro as southern New Jersey's major performing arts venue, with an ambitious and successful program and the most diversified audiences among New Jersey's state universities," according to the news announcement. "He established innovative programs linked to students, introduced magnet programs for area school children, developed a broad-based Leadership Board to aid the Center's development and marketing efforts, instituted well-managed budgets, and established broad public recognition for the University based upon its quality arts programming."

Dr. Rose said he looks forward to working with Penn''s many constituencies on campus, in the local community, and in the Philadelphia arts community. "My goal will be to grow the Annenberg Center's audiences and broaden its programming base."

Return to: Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, March 3/10, 1998, Volume 44, Number 24