Grand Center names new president and CEO

August 28, 2015

By Diana Barr

Grand Center Inc., the organization that supports the Grand Center neighborhood as an arts and entertainment district, has named Karin Hagaman president and CEO effective Sept. 14. She’ll succeed Vince Schoemehl, who announced in December last year that he planned to retire.

Schoemehl has held the post since 2001.

Hagaman has been director of project development for the Cortex Innovation Community since 2012. There she led planning and implementation of the $12 million, 3.5-acre park and streetscape redevelopment project, which is now nearing completion. Hagaman previously worked at The St. Louis Development Corp., Development Strategies and St. Louis 2004.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, and an MBA and Master of Social Work from Washington University.

“As we move to implement the District’s streetscape improvement plan, we focused on finding a leader who could sustain the momentum in the Grand Center District and implement the Growing Grand Plan,” Tom Voss, a member of the Grand Center board and co-chair of the search committee, said in a statement. “Key to this will be maintaining the collaborative nature of our planning process and we’re confident Karin is that leader.”

Hagaman was selected after a national search conducted by DHR International.

Located in Midtown, the Grand Center District in St. Louis holds 14,000 theater seats, 17 museums and galleries, jazz clubs and restaurants within four blocks.

Grand Center Inc., which was created in 1981 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, had total assets of $15.9 million, total support and revenue of $3.3 million, and total expenses of $5.2 million as of Dec. 31, 2013, according to the organization’s most recent posted audit.

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