Following a six-month national search, the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) Board Chairman Kirk Pierce announced the appointment of Thomas J. Carto, a 28-year veteran of arts administration leadership, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bowling Green performing arts center.
Kirk stated, “The board of SKyPAC is excited to have found such an experienced professional in Tom Carto. His solid track record of advancing performing arts organizations forward speaks for itself. We are thrilled to welcome Tom and his family to Bowling Green.”
As SKyPAC’s CEO, Carto will expand the mission and vision of the multi-venue organization; create and direct strategic planning; oversee day-to-day operations and continue to strengthen the financial position of the organization through programming and sales, fundraising, and community partnerships. He will work closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure that SKyPAC will continue to grow and serve the multi-county region with quality performing arts and educational experiences.
"I am thrilled to join SKyPAC as their next leader," said Carto. "This region is truly blessed to have such an incredible performing arts center – one that you would only find Page 2 SKyPAC Hires New President/CEO in much larger communities. There is no doubt that SKyPAC is poised for continued growth and achievement by providing exciting performing arts, community engagement, and meaningful education opportunities. The very fact that SKyPAC is here in Bowling Green is a true testament to the commitment of this community to the quality of life for its residents.”
Carto’s previous appointments have included President & CEO of State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, as well as Division Director and Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to his time at UC, Carto was President and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin and previously was President and CEO for the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield, Ohio (a merged corporation combining a regional orchestra organization and a historic theater and civic center). Prior to Renaissance, Carto was the Vice President of Development for Pacific Symphony Association in Orange County, California.
An Ohio native, Carto earned a Masters and PhD degree in music from Indiana University; and a Bachelor of Music from Ohio Wesleyan University. He and his wife Laurie have two boys, 16 and 13.