Gary Alan Wood, who has more than two decades of experience in arts management, education and related fields, has been named director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

"It is an honor to be associated with the Quick Center for the Arts and Fairfield University," Wood said in a statement. "I am thrilled to be a member of the Fairfield University family -- a place of vibrant educational activity with a stellar international reputation. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence at the Quick Center and to the opportunity to grow its mission as a great gathering place for igniting imaginations and enriching everyone who enters."

Most recently, Wood was the president and chief executive officer of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, S.D. Each year, the pavilion hosts more than 300,000 patrons and nearly 300 annual performing arts events. As chief administrator, he was responsible for the Husby Performing Arts Center, the Visual Arts Center, the Kirby Science Discovery Center, the CineDome Theatre, the Community Learning Center and an internal restaurant.

Rama Sudhakar, the university's vice president of marketing and communications, said, "Gary has a strong understanding of artistic programming needs and demonstrates a passionate dedication to supporting the arts. He is committed to serving the artistic needs of both the campus community and the surrounding communities. I am confident that Gary will lead the Quick Center to even greater success in the coming years."

Additionally, Wood formerly served as president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, leading the conservatory through a redesign of the entire curriculum and performing arts offerings after Hurricane Katrina. Under his leadership, the NOCCA received the Public Leadership in the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts. Wood also had been a factor in achieving recognition for developing educational and performance opportunities for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Wood is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree with an emphasis in woodwind performance and educational practices. As a graduate assistant in the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University, he also served as an assistant conductor and principal clarinetist in a wind ensemble.

As director of the Quick Center, Wood will be responsible for all programming and the management of the 760-seat Kelley Theater, the 120-seat Wien Experimental Theatre (Black Box), the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, as well as the professional staff.

Now 20 years old, the Quick Center for the Arts hosts a variety of professional music, theater and dance and events for young audiences.