BY BTL STAFF
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Board of Trustees announced Mike Michelon has been appointed as the new Executive Director effective immediately. Formerly the festival’s General Manager, Michelon has been managing the festival’s business and operations since joining the staff in 2014. He succeeds Amy Nesbitt in leading the 35 year old organization.
Michelon said, “I am honored to become the next director of the festival, an organization and community celebration that I’ve cared deeply about since first coming to Ann Arbor as a student. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival represents what’s best about our city and I cherish our opportunity to continue to engage the creativity, curiosity, and passion of our community and region through high caliber arts experiences.”
Michelon has been a part of the senior leadership of the festival since 2014. Prior to the festival, Michelon worked in the programming and production departments at the University Musical Society. Additionally, he has extensive experience in freelance Production Management, is active in student leadership development at the university and is a member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club. Michelon is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Wendy Lawrence, chair of the board of trustees and search committee remarked, “When we began the search process in June, we were extremely pleased with the caliber of the candidate pool. Mike’s leadership, diverse experience in arts administration and live event production, and his vision for the organization stood out. We are thrilled he has accepted our offer and we look forward to the organization under his leadership.”
Ken Fischer, President Emeritus of UMS added, “I’ve known and worked with Mike Michelon for nearly a decade. Given his leadership qualities, ability to build teams and empower people, and extensive experience in programming and production, Mike Michelson is exceptionally well prepared to lead the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and to continue and enhance its unique and highly valued place in our community.”