University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ken Fischer is the President of the University Musical Society (UMS), an independent multi-disciplinary performing arts presenting organization founded in 1879 that is deeply integrated with the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor. Each season UMS presents 60-90 performances, sponsors an extensive education program, commissions and presents new work, and hosts many artists’ residencies. Since joining UMS in 1987, Ken has contributed to the arts presenting field as speaker, writer, consultant and U.S. State Department cultural ambassador to Brazil, China, Lithuania and Mexico. He is a board member of National Arts Strategies and serves or has served on the boards of Interlochen Arts Center, Sphinx Organization, Arts Presenters, International Society for the Performing Arts, Classical Action/Performing Arts Against AIDS, and Ann Arbor SPARK. Ken has received ISPA’s Patrick Hayes Award, Arts Presenters’ Fan Taylor Award and Chamber Music America’s Richard J. Bogomolny Award for his career achievements and service to the field. In 2015, Ken accepted the National Medal of Arts on behalf of UMS awarded by President Obama at the White House. Before UMS Ken was a higher education association executive and management consultant in Washington, DC. Ken has degrees from The College of Wooster and University of Michigan.