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Deborah Rutter Named First Female President Of Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center will have a new president starting next summer.
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The Kennedy Center will have a new president starting next summer.
Rutter currently serves as the President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

The Kennedy Center will soon have its first woman president.

Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein announced today that Deborah Rutter will be the national culture and arts center's third president starting in September of next year.

Rutter currently serves as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and will assume the new role once the current president, Michael Kaiser, steps down next year after serving for 13 years. Rutter says she wants to have in-depth dialogues with artists, administrators and audiences alike.

"To have a relationship, a dynamic relationship with the audience is really important," she says. "We need to know and hear and I need to undersand the audience, not just here in Washington, D.C. area, but the audience that comes to and can come to the Kennedy Center."

Rutter says the Kennedy Center should continue to represent American culture and be a leader in arts education. The search for a new president took a little less than a year and Rubenstein says Rutter has the unique set of skills the board was looking for.

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