The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has named James Roe its new President & CEO and Susan Stucker its COO. Roe has been NJSO Acting Principal Oboe since 2011 and was previously Artistic and Executive Director of The Helicon Foundation. Stucker, previously the NJSO’s Vice President of Operations & General Manager, had been serving as NJSO Interim President & CEO.

NJSO Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Ruth C. Lipper and Stephen Sichak Jr. said in a joint statement: “Having a leadership team comprised of Jim Roe and Susan Stucker is symbolic of the collaborative culture and spirit that permeates the NJSO. Jim and Susan represent the wealth of talent that is within the organization, and the Board could not be more delighted at the outcome of the search.”

Click here for bios of our new leadership team: James Roe | Susan Stucker

Roe says: “I love the pride the NJSO takes in its artistic product. I see this in every corner of the organization and in every department. We all want to reach more people with our music, and audience engagement will be the number one focus of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra moving forward.”

Stucker says: “The formation of this dual leadership team gives Jim and me the opportunity to use our passion for this great organization to further the Orchestra’s standing as a leader in our field, from our high-quality musicianship and artistic programming to the education and community engagement initiatives so important to our mission as New Jersey’s state orchestra.”

Music Director Jacques Lacombe says: “Through his seasons as NJSO Acting Principal Oboe, I have come to know Jim Roe as a talented musician with a deep passion for this Orchestra and our art form. I congratulate him as he joins an emerging trend of musicians stepping from the stage to arts administration, and I look forward to working with both him and Susan Stucker to bring the NJSO into the next chapter of its history.”

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) President and CEO John Schreiber says: “I am delighted to congratulate Susan Stucker, a marvelous symphony orchestra executive, a trusted colleague and a good friend, as she ascends to her new position as COO of the NJSO. Susan knows the business of orchestra management inside out, and along with the visionary leadership of new CEO Jim Roe and the artistic brilliance of Maestro Jacques Lacombe, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is poised for a remarkable future.”

Curtland E. Fields, President & CEO of the Turrell Fund, a foundation serving children, and an NJSO Trustee, says: “The NJSO found a way to secure for its leadership two strong and committed administrators with knowledge of and passion for the Orchestra. The appointment of a leadership team with such deep and complementary strengths should serve the NJSO very well.”

Roe and Stucker begin their tenures as President & CEO and COO of the Orchestra effective July 1.

Read the full release here.

The NJSO President & CEO Chair is graciously underwritten by Ruth C. and A. Michael Lipper.


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