Diana Martinez, once the director of Aurora's Paramount Theatre and since September the interim director of College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, has been named the MAC's permanent director.
The announcement concludes a national search conducted over the past five months led by Daniel E. Lloyd, COD's dean of liberal arts.
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"Diana's vision and creativity, coupled with her skill in strategic planning and track record for delivering results, makes her the ideal choice for the MAC," Lloyd said in a statement. "We were especially fortunate to find those qualities in someone who resides in our community and understands the important role the MAC plays in the life of our residents."
Martinez, a Glen Ellyn native, previously worked at Second City, the Paramount and Pheasant Run in St. Charles.
Her promotion comes at a significant time for the MAC. A 14-month, $35 million renovation was completed in December. The revitalized center officially reopens in February, highlighted by an exhibition in the new Cleve Carney Art Gallery. Reopening events conclude in March with the "MAC Madness" event, starring COD alumnus Jim Belushi.
"I am excited about what lies ahead for the MAC," Martinez said in a statement.