Dillon succeeds Jonathan Levi, the editor, writer, educator, and musician who ran the venue since its founding. She has a more traditional arts-administration background, having worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco Opera.
"The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College offers an architecturally bold and dynamic environment for innovative artistic presentation," Dillon said. "The chance to nurture the work of artists and develop audiences for their work is something I am passionate about, especially within the cultural and intellectual context of Bard College."
The Fisher Center was designed by architect Frank Gehry and features his trademark metallic curves; the 900-seat auditorium was created by acoustician Yasuhia Toyota. The center hosts the Bard SummerScape festival, the Bard Music Festival, and concerts by the American Symphony Orchestra, which is directed by Bard president Leon Botstein.