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David Olson
Director of the Performing Arts Management Program; Performing Arts Management Faculty (2007)
Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Computer Applications, Negotiation

Dave Olson received his B.A. in Accounting from Luther College (Decorah, IA)  and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Business Strategy from the University of Minnesota.  He is also a licensed CPA.  He has over 20 years of professional senior-level administrative leadership experience, primarily in the non-profit sector.  He has held the position of chief financial officer at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, among other positions.  During his tenure, Dave oversaw virtually all aspects of the financial and administrative operations of these organizations.

Dave has also served on the management faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and as an adjunct faculty member at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC; Salem College, and the Wake Forest MBA program, both in Winston Salem, NC.  In addition, while at Salem College, he also held the position of executive-in-residence in business and arts management.  Dave also currently serves as vice president of Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem, and is member of the board of the Winston-Salem Symphony.  In addition, Dave also serves as a business consultant to arts and non-profit organizations in the region.

In his spare time, Dave is working toward completion of his doctorate degree in Organization Development at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. where his research focus is on leadership and organizational culture in non-profit cultural institutions.