Michael M. Kaiser is currently Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, overseeing training and consulting programs throughout the United States and around the world.
Mr. Kaiser was President of the Kennedy Center from 2001 through 2014. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, the Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre, and the Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Mr. Kaiser received his master’s degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of eight books.
Mr. Kaiser’s awards include a Dance Magazine Award, Capezio Award, St. Petersburg 300 Medal, Washingtonian of the Year, the Blacks in Dance Award, and China’s “Award for Cultural Exchange.” He was awarded The Order of the Mexican Eagle and named Impresario of the Year by Musical America. Mr. Kaiser received the George Peabody Medal and the Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award. The King of Sweden named Mr. Kaiser a Commander of Order of the Polar Star, and the Finnish government named him a Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.