Milano has previously served as a fundraiser for new performing arts centers in Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Greenville, South Carolina. He replaces Nancy Herstand, who retired in June.
The Miami PAC, designed by Cesar Pelli, was originally scheduled to open last month. It has suffered from construction delays and cost overruns, and lost a prominent tenant when the Florida Philharmonic shut down in 2003. It is is now expected to be completed in summer 2006 and to open that fall.
Milano's first task will be raising about $25 million in order to reach the center's target total of $80 million in private donations.
"These things are always a challenge," he told the Herald. "But the centers they build are great additions to the community."