New Executive Director Selected for the Mondavi Center

New Executive Director Selected for the Mondavi Center

Jeremy Ganter has been selected as the new executive director of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan announced today. His first day in the role is Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Ganter, the associate executive director and the director of programming at the Mondavi Center, has served as interim executive director since Sept. 1 following the retirement of Don Roth.

Jeremy Ganter
Jeremy Ganter, executive director of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis

“Over Jeremy’s tenure at the Mondavi Center, he has played a significant role in its transformation from an ambitious startup to a renowned leader in the performing arts,” Croughan said. “He firmly believes the center serves a vital role in bringing together members of our campus and surrounding community through diverse and innovative programming, and he is committed to its continuing development as a cultural hub. We are beyond fortunate to have Jeremy at the helm of the Mondavi Center and I look forward to seeing his very creative and collaborative vision unfold.”

Ganter joined the Mondavi Center as its artistic administrator in 2001 and was promoted to his current role in 2006. He has been integral to the development and implementation of the center’s now nationally acclaimed presenting program and has demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinarity, jazz, modern dance, cultural expression, and developing young talent.

“Anyone who visits the Center knows immediately what a unique and special place it is,” Ganter said. “That is due, in large part, to the extraordinary support of UC Davis leadership, our brilliant campus and artistic colleagues, and the community of arts lovers that have called the Mondavi Center home for more than 20 years. I am excited and honored to lead the remarkable Mondavi team in this next chapter of our evolution.”

Among Ganter’s notable projects are producing five biennial contemporary music festivals with the Department of Music, a symposium on Indigenous arts produced with Native American Studies, a two-year project exploring the performing arts of India, and Imagining Sound, which showcased UC Davis’ cutting edge research at the intersection of neuroscience and art.

Ganter holds a Bachelor of Arts in music history from the University at Albany and a master’s in U.S. history from UC Davis. He is an advisor to Ballet Hispanico’s Instituto Coreográfico, which supports the professional development of emerging Latinx dancemakers, and has served on the boards of the Western Arts Alliance and California Presenters.

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