Paquin replaces Janice Price, who served as the Kimmel Center's President and CEO since February of 2002, shortly after the complex opened. The Kimmel announced in July that Price would be returning her hometown of Toronto to head a new arts festival, "Luminato," which opens in June of 2007.
At the same time, the center announced the formation of a search committee, chaired by Paul Tufano, to recruit a permanent replacement for Price.
Paquin came to the Kimmel Center in July of 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She was previously Chief Operating Officer of the School District of Philadelphia (2002-06); before coming to Philadlephia, she held several senior positions with the City of Chicago's school district and transportation department.