Kauffman Center names Paul J. Schofer its new president and CEO

06/17/2014 4:18 PM

06/17/2014 4:33 PM

Paul J. Schofer has been named the new president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Kauffman board of directors announced the appointment Tuesday. Schofer succeeds Jane Chu, the newly confirmed chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since March 2012, Schofer has served as the Kauffman Center’s vice president of operations and chief financial officer. Schofer came to the Kauffman Center from Learfield Communications, where he was a senior vice president and chief financial officer. Learfield provides multimedia marketing services to more than 50 Division I athletic programs.

Prior to his tenure at Learfield, Schofer was the chief financial officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from 2004 to 2007.

Schofer earned his undergraduate and master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Missouri. In the Kansas City area, he has served as vice president of the Children’s Place, which meets the needs of children who have survived abuse and neglect, and on the board of directors for Powell Gardens.

In an official statement, Schofer said his vision is to “uphold the values of the Kauffman family and build on the great work the Kauffman Center has started. … We are in a strong position to sustain Kauffman Center’s vitality and its contributions to Kansas City for generations to come.”

Chu called Schofer “the ideal choice to take the Kauffman Center to the next level.”

To reach Robert Trussell, call 816-234-4765 or send email to rtrussell@kcstar.com.

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