Most recently, Roth served as president of the Aspen Music Festival, a post he leaves this year. He has also been general manager of the San Francisco Symphony and executive director of the Syracuse Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Austin Symphony.
He assumes up his new position on June 1.
"It is a great honor to have the opportunity to come to UC Davis' Mondavi Center, which in just four seasons has established itself as a leader locally, regionally and nationally," Roth said. "The arts are powerful agents in creating individual and community lives with meaning. I believe the Mondavi Center, with its research-university foundation, its excellent facilities, and its location in a vibrant and growing region, can bring that power to a broad constituency on campus and throughout the region."
The $57 million center includes an 1,800-seat hall and a 250-seat studio theater. The most recent season included performances by Cecilia Bartoli, Itzhak Perlman, Sonny Rollins, and the London Philharmonic.