Woodruff Arts Center CEO Doug Shipman Departs, Hala Moddelmog Named CEO

ATLANTA, July 16, 2020 – The Atlanta-based Woodruff Arts Center, the third largest arts center in the United States, announced today that current President and CEO Doug Shipman has decided to leave his role on Aug. 31 after three years of service. Hala Moddelmog will assume the role of CEO on Sept. 1. The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. During his tenure, Shipman oversaw the successful rebuild and reopening of the Alliance Theatre Coca-Cola Stage, the re-installation of the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection, and the diversification and expansion of the patron base across the entire Arts Center. He also delivered meaningful improvements to the organization’s operating model.

“We are sorry to see Doug leave the Woodruff Arts Center after three very successful years, but we respect his decision and wish him the best in the next phase of his career,” said Woodruff Arts Center Board Chairman Doug Hertz. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a respected executive like Hala stepping into the CEO role. The entire community has witnessed Hala’s exceptional leadership leading the Atlanta Metro Chamber over the last six years. We look forward to Hala bringing those skills to the Arts Center as we continue to navigate the current realities of COVID-19.”

“It has been an honor to lead one of Atlanta’s most important institutions. I’m excited with the incredible progress in expanding and diversifying patrons that has occurred across the entire campus as well as the sizeable investments made to improve our operations and facilities,” said Shipman. “I informed the board in February of my departure, and we have worked together to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and undertake a smooth leadership transition. I look forward to continuing to support the Woodruff Arts Partners and the entire Atlanta arts community in the future.”

Moddelmog, former President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, has agreed to step into the role of interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center until a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted. She is exceptionally qualified to step into this role with more than 25 years of career experience as a president and CEO. Her prior involvement with the Arts Center includes service as a Woodruff trustee, governing board member and co-chair of the Alliance Theatre board. “I am truly honored to step into the CEO role at such a treasured Atlanta institution,” said Moddelmog. “I’ve been involved with the Woodruff Arts Center for over a decade, and I look forwarding to helping guide the organization as we serve our community virtually and reopen our facilities for our patrons.”


About the Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is the third largest arts center in the United States and is home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the GRAMMY Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. Over 800,000 patrons visit Woodruff annually to enjoy outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions. Woodruff Arts Center is also the largest arts educator in the state of Georgia serving more than 200,000 students each year. To learn more, visit https://www.woodruffcenter.org/.

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For inquiries, please contact:

Tarsha Calloway

Woodruff Arts Center, Vice President of Advancement



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