Motes is currently the senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at the University of St. Thomas. She succeeds Karen Bohn, former CTC board chair, who has served in an interim capacity since October 2015.
“On behalf of CTC’s Board of Governors, we are delighted to welcome Kim,” said Board Chair Jeff von Gillern. “She was unanimously chosen for her strong business acumen, theater experience, an unmatched fundraising resume, and someone who we believe can lead CTC in the advancement of its mission. As a native of the Twin Cities, Kim has created many strong relationships and has a stellar reputation. It is a real coup to have found someone so perfectly suited for this important leadership position right here in our own community.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Kim to the CTC family and back into the Twin Cities’ performing arts community,” said Peter Brosius, CTC artistic director. “She has proven herself a natural arts leader with a strong vision, prolific experience inside and outside of the artistic realm, and a proven track record for substantially growing organizational capacity.”
“I am excited to partner with Peter Brosius as we launch the next 50 years of this important cultural asset,” said Motes. “I have tremendous respect for Peter’s artistic vision and leadership. The future is bright and I look forward to bringing my experience and energy to an organization that plays a critical role in our community.”
Motes said she is thrilled to return home to work with CTC.
“It is a full circle moment for me personally,” said Motes. “The first theater production I ever saw as a child was at Children’s Theatre Company and it sparked an interest in the arts that has been lifelong. It is gratifying to know that I can contribute to creating that experience for future generations.”
Prior to St. Thomas, Motes was vice president of Institutional Advancement for the College of St. Benedict where she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising as well as alumnae relations, fine arts programming and the literary art institute.
Motes spent 20 years in the arts in the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C. She was executive director of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (previously the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center).
A native of Minnesota, Motes received her bachelor’s from the College of St. Benedict. She currently serves on the board of directors of Theater Latté Da and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.