Tracy Haddad named Philharmonic interim leader

Staff reports

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic board of directors has announced the appointment of Columbus native Tracy L. Haddad as interim executive director for one year while the board searches for a person to fill the vacancy created by Margaret Powers’ recent retirement.

Powers served in that role since October 2012, and was only the fifth such leader since the orchestra began in 1987. Powers also served as finance director before that.

Haddad, a Columbus resident, has served on the Philharmonic’s board of directors since 2016. She has extensive experience working in non-profit and corporate management, with a skill set that includes grant processing, budget development, media and communications, and program development and implementation.

She also has served on the board of directors for the following organizations: Indianapolis Public Library Foundation; Imoca; Impact 100 of Greater Indianapolis (serving as director of grants); Indiana Landmarks; Arizona 5 Arts Circle and was recently elected to the board of The Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Haddad also has managed her family foundation’s website, grant processing and all the non-profit communications. She said she is grateful for the current opportunity to serve.

“Our board, as well as the community, continue to advocate for the Phil by volunteering, attending concerts, and most importantly by generously sponsoring CIP programs and events. Without all of this support, the CIP would not be an integral part of this community.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I feel to this community for its generosity. This continued passion for and belief in the CIP’s mission is what will carry us through this transitional time, keeping us on track to a bright and prosperous future.”

Board president Barry Turner mentioned the post’s most significant functions.

“In choosing an interim executive director, the board started by identifying immediate priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving communications, and filling key leadership positions,” Turner said. “We believe Tracy is the right person to lead the organization while it addresses these and other important issues.”

Haddad will partner with the board of directors on organizational planning and the executive director search.

She will also oversee staff operations and the transition to the newly renovated and expanded box office and Helen Haddad Music, Arts, and Event Center at 315 Franklin St.

Construction of the building is on schedule for an April 2020 grand opening, according to orchestra.

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Born and lives: In Columbus.

Family: Three sons, two grandsons.

On the Philharmonic board: Since 2016.

Education: Columbus North High School and Purdue University.