Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Names New President & CEO
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) has selected Lynn Sprangers as President & CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). Her background in journalism, government, professional sports, and higher education gives her a unique set of leadership, fundraising, team-building, and special event skills that she will now bring to the Wilson Center, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall. Ms. Sprangers will begin her tenure on August 1, 2016.
Part of the Milwaukee community since 1983, Ms. Sprangers spent nearly 20 years in broadcast journalism in Wausau, Madison, and Milwaukee and won many awards for her work as an environmental, government, and political reporter. Her previous work also includes six years as the director of communications in the Office of the Milwaukee County Executive and ten years with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club where she held several executive leaderships roles. Most recently, she was a member of the leadership team at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee
Ms. Sprangers has chaired the boards of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, VISIT Milwaukee, Milwaukee Urban League, and Milwaukee Women Inc. and has received a variety of awards for her work. Ms. Sprangers holds a degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and participated in a summer International Economics Program at Worcester College at the University of Oxford. In 1990, she received an Alumni of the Year Award from UWSP Department of Communications.
In making the announcement, Board of Directors Chair Jan Wade said, “I could not be more pleased to have Lynn joining us at the Wilson Center… There is so much momentum and excitement building at the Wilson Center, and Lynn is a well-connected and well-respected member of our Greater Milwaukee-area community who has the energy and experience to work collaboratively with our staff and board to move our organization forward.”
“Opportunities to lead an organization like this do not come along every day,” said Ms. Sprangers. “I feel as if I have been given a unique opportunity to join a most capable team – creative and purpose-driven people – who are eager to guide the Wilson Center through its next phase. And, we are eager to bring in ideas and voices from our larger community to further enrich this conversation.”
“Congratulations to the Wilson Center and to Lynn Sprangers on her new appointment as President & CEO,” said ACG Senior Vice President Martin Bragg. “Lynn’s vast knowledge of and experience working in the Greater Milwaukee area will greatly benefit the Wilson Center as the organization celebrates its 15th anniversary this fall and embarks upon an exciting future under Lynn’s leadership.”