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May 25, 2016

Paul W. Hogle Named President of the Cleveland Institute of Music


Paul Hogle head shot
Photo by Amy Claeys

The Cleveland Institute of Music is pleased to announce that Paul W. Hogle has been named President effective July 11, 2016. The CIM Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mr. Hogle’s appointment during a regularly scheduled meeting held May 17, 2016. Mr. Hogle succeeds Gary Hanson, who is serving as CIM’s interim president following the retirement of Joel Smirnoff.

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul to the Cleveland Institute of Music,” said Richard J. Hipple, Chair of the CIM Board of Trustees. “He brings an exceptional track record of executive leadership and fundraising success to the position along with a commitment to innovative programming, community engagement and the forward-thinking necessary for CIM to continue to excel as a top tier music conservatory.”

Since 2010, Hogle has served as Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).  During his tenure, the DSO increased annual fundraising to $17 million, doubled its donor base to more than 10,000 and added nearly $40 million in new endowment commitments, which has led to operating surpluses for the past three fiscal years; built an audience development program that increased attendance and DSO’s subscription base by 50 percent; helped architect the DSO’s unprecedented, highly-publicized turnaround following one of the most tumultuous times in its history; and spearheaded investment in digital technologies that supports live webcasts of all DSO classical concerts, an initiative that reports one million views in more than 100 countries.

Mr. Hogle is also an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in the undergraduate Music Business program and is a founding faculty member for Roosevelt University’s Arts Administration Master’s Degree program.

Prior to his time at the DSO, Mr. Hogle served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Learning at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where he led growth in developing professional, philanthropic, and education resources, with achievements that included a 50 percent increase in annual fundraising; $100 million raised for capital and endowment; and directed the acclaimed Talent Development Program, which prepares African-American and Latino students with training to enter higher-education music degree programs. For more than 30 years Mr. Hogle has helped lead several of the country’s most respected orchestras including Baltimore, Chicago and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. Read more about Mr. Hogle in his biography.

“Returning home to lead the Cleveland Institute of Music is a profound honor,” said Mr. Hogle.  “Growing up in Northeast Ohio, and as the parent of an alum, I have always known that CIM is a remarkable place.  Spending time with the faculty, trustees, students, alumni and staff these past few months has underscored what makes CIM so incredibly special — its people.  Together, we will make certain the Cleveland Institute of Music sounds forth brightly from University Circle as our students experience CIM’s exceptionally creative environment in one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the country.”

Mr. Hogle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management from the University of Evansville, which is a joint business and music degree program where he also studied trombone performance. His appointment to CIM is the result of a nationwide search conducted by a committee comprised of CIM faculty, trustees, staff and alumni and supported by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm.