Timms, who joined the Y as deputy executive director in 2008 and has served in the top spot since 2013, is credited with creating #GivingTuesday, an international movement aimed at turning the Tuesday after Thanksgiving into a day of giving, in 2012. Last year, U.S. nonprofits raised more than $380 million during the day-long event.
The challenge Timms faces at Lincoln Center, the nation's largest performing arts complex, is substantial, the New York Times reports. Since Reynold Levy left the center in 2014, the organization has had four people serve as president, two of whom were subsequently forced out. The initial response to Timms' selection from leaders within Lincoln Center, which hosts several large independent organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet, has been positive.
"I don't think you should ever pretend that there aren’t some real, and interesting, management challenges here," Timms told the Times. "But I think it's the case that every constituent's best interest is served in a collaborative culture."
"Henry is a trailblazing leader of the highest caliber. His combination of collegiality, digital savvy, and transformational thinking will be an enormous asset as we develop exciting new projects and bring the well-known excellence of the arts at Lincoln Center to the broadest possible audience," said Lincoln Center board chair Katherine Farley. "Henry's signature style is collaboration, complemented by innovation, ingenuity, and enthusiasm, which will serve him well as he works closely with all of our constituent arts organizations."