Senior leadership plan unfolds at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill has announced changes to the Institution’s administrative leadership, effective Sept. 1, completing an initial reorganization to help him lead the Institution into a new phase in its history.

“These position modifications and promotions will enable Chautauqua Institution to effectively pursue an expanded vision that calls us to elevate our brand, enhance the diversity of our community, more effectively engage youth, and more broadly turn our gates into gateways,” Hill said.

To more accurately reflect work and anticipated future responsibilities, Sebby Baggiano, current vice president of finance and chief operating officer, will become executive vice president and chief financial officer. In addition to his current responsibilities, Baggiano will lead a multiyear financial planning process that aligns the Institution’s core work with new enterprises and an expanded vision footprint.

Vice President and Director of Programming Deborah Sunya Moore’s title will become vice president of performing and visual arts, a title that more aptly describes her role that includes strategic leadership of all professional arts companies and components, programming of all non-resident company arts activities, popular entertainment, performing and visual arts schools, as well as an expanded portfolio of arts in education outreach efforts for the region and beyond.

John Shedd, director of operations, will be promoted to the position of vice president of campus planning and operations, reporting directly to the president and responsible for leading the strategic vision for Institution facility design, planning, maintenance and construction. He will also oversee Chautauqua’s police department. To aid in this effort, David Williams, R.A., has accepted a full-time, year-round position, reporting to Shedd, as administrator of Architectural and Land Use Regulations/capital projects manager. Williams has served at Chautauqua since August 2016 in a similar but temporary role during the Amphitheater project.

Vanessa Weinert, marketing manager, will be promoted to the position of director of marketing and analytics, enabling expansion of marketing, data analysis, and forecasting efforts critical to the Institution’s growth objectives.

Earlier this year, Hill announced other appointments that will take effect in September, including those of Bishop Gene Robinson as vice president of religion and senior pastor, David Griffith as vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, Matt Ewalt as chief of staff, and Atom Atkinson as director of literary arts. As previously announced, Maureen Rovegno has been promoted to director of religion, reporting to Robinson.