David C. Howson
and Arthur Zankel Executive Director of Arts Administration
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Prof. Howson is charged with leading the Arts Administration Program at Skidmore College. Launched in 2011, the academic program combines artistic sensibility with business acumen by examining the foundations of non-profit arts organizations. He teaches courses in arts management, philanthropy, non-profit leadership, engages guest-lecturers and community arts leaders, and advises students on curriculum, internship and career matters. David’s research focus is on non-profit arts organizations in the Adirondack region.
Before joining the faculty of Skidmore in 2010, David was the interim executive director of the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, a multi-venue performing arts complex, where he had been the associate director and a faculty member in the theatre department since 2004. Home to the resident departments of theatre and dance, music, and art and art history, the Modlin Center presented over 150 academic and professional performing arts events each year. Prior to joining the faculty of Richmond, David was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn. Previously, he worked at the University of Richmond as a development officer and as assistant registrar for academic history and compliance.
At his home in Glens Falls, N.Y., he serves as chair of the board of trustees of The Hyde Collection, an art museum and historic house complex. He is also a trustee of the Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y., on Lake Champlain, where he recently finished a three-year term as president. Previously, he served on the board of Saratoga Arts.
David is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga and regularly speaks and advises organizations on non-profit governance and leadership. He holds a M.F.A. in theater management from the Yale School of Drama, a master of liberal arts degree and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.