WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools announced on Monday, Oct. 22, that former radio personality Jay Michaels has been named the new director for the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. Michaels assumed the role beginning Oct. 2.
Michaels began his career as a radio personality and has worked in several different capacities on and off the air for stations such as WQHK and WBTU in Fort Wayne and WRSW in Warsaw. His work includes working as an on-air personality, as well as program director and operations manager at several radio organizations.
In October 2016, Michaels accepted a position as the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts executive director. There, he has assisted in the management of staff, the development of a strategic plan, the booking of all events and concerts and managing the budget and sponsorships for the center.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Jay Michaels as our performing arts center director,” said WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert. “His experience in multiple marketing and performing arts venues will be a great asset to our school corporation. We are also excited for the continued partnership his employment will encourage with the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and other local arts agencies.”
“We are excited to see Jay in this position,” said Deborah Bishop, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts board president. “He’ll do a great job in his new role. Both the staff at the PAC and at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts are so talented and qualified that it brings endless opportunities of collaboration in the future. His new role will provide a multitude of new experiences for the arts in our community.”
At the regular meeting of the WCS Board of Trustees Monday night, Hoffert told the board that Michaels would continue on in his role at Wagon Wheel, performing the duties of both roles.