The University of Kansas has chosen an executive of the Lincoln Center in New York City as the new executive director of the Lied Center.
The university announced Derek Kwan's appointment on Wednesday. He previously was vice president of concerts and touring at Jazz at the Lincoln Center. He will take over in January, replacing Tim Van Leer, who is retiring.
Robert Walzel, dean of the university's School of Music, said he hopes Kwan can attract students to the Lied by giving them a more active role in programming.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that when Kwan starts in January, a priority will be finalizing programming for the 2014-15 year.