Jane Chu appointed chairman of the NEA

The Kauffman Center’s Jane Chu has been confirmed as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chu succeeds senior deputy chairman Joan Shigekawa, who has served as the NEA acting chairman and executive since the departure of Rocco Landesman in 2012.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, the NEA’s new chair has two degrees in music, a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

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Her previous roles include fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and vice president of external relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004.

In 2006, Chu took on the role of president and CEO of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. She oversaw a USD413m (€304m) campaign to build the centre, which opened in 2011.

She said: ‘I’m honoured to receive the Senate’s vote of confirmation, and I look forward to serving our nation as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Together, we have the opportunity to show the value of connecting the arts to all Americans, and the importance of the arts in bringing communities together.’

Image: Jane Chu, courtesy of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts