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Fine Arts Center announces new president and CEO

Published: June 10, 2014, 11:48 am, by Jen Mulson

David A. Dahlin

David A. Dahlin

David A. Dahlin is the new president and CEO of the Fine Arts Center. He’ll relocate from Denver and start July 7.

He worked in numerous positions at Colorado Springs-based Compassion International for 19 years, ending as executive vice president in September. Since then, he’s worked as director of strategy at Geneva Global, an international consulting firm in Denver, said Warren Epstein, FAC publicist.

One hundred applicants from across the country vied for the position vacated by Sam Gappmayer in late November.

“We had four finalists interview and he was the clear choice,” said Epstein. “I think it was the impressive credentials he brought in from the non-profit world. This is a different direction for us. We’ve usually had people with big art degrees, and part of that was recognition that we’ve got a really strong staff in place. We need somebody who knows how to build a team and fundraise. We need a proven leader and this guy has it in spades.”

From the press release:

“We have such a strong staff and executive team who have been creating top-quality experiences and programming,” says Nechie Hall, who has served as interim president and CEO since December. “David’s refreshing vision and proven business acumen will complement that collective talent with exactly the kind of leadership the organization needs.”