Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Cecelia Fitzgibbon



Wilson Hall

President Fitzgibbon has spent the last 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs. Since 1996, she has directed Drexel University's Graduate Arts Administration Program, which has earned a reputation for equipping highly skilled students to lead and manage cultural organizations. She was a professor in the program, focusing her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem. She also served as the department head for Arts and Entertainment Enterprise and, in that capacity, directed a Department of 60 full and part time faculty, conceptualized and implemented cutting edge curriculum, directed revenue generating academic enterprises and  advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy. Fitzgibbon was recognized for her contributions to arts and culture when she was named in 2011 as one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.

President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy and has been a planning consultant for the Newark Arts Alliance and the City of Newark, Delaware. She was the lead researcher for the Philadelphia component of the National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support Project, a collaborative project with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance that investigated how the nonprofit cultural industry was supported in ten communities across the United States.

She was the founding project manager for the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project (now the Cultural Data Project), at the time a collaborative effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Heinz Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Together with key leaders of the Pew Culture Program, she conceptualized the original guidelines for the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, a capacity-building program for professional arts organizations in the region currently housed at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

President Fitzgibbon served as executive director of First Night Wilmington from 1995 to 1996. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of ArtsMarket Consulting, Inc., where she conducted program planning and evaluation for clients including the Rochester Area Foundation, Southern Arts Federation, Georgia Council on the Arts, Mississippi Art Museum, New Stage Theater, West Virginia Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Association of Museums and the Guggenheim Museum Learning Through Art Program.

From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fund raising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). In this capacity, she instituted the region's cultural facility fund, a technical assistance program and loan fund for the development of arts facilities, and inaugurated the first year of the New England Artists Trust.

President Fitzgibbon also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led the concept, design, and implementation of a $21.5 million arts stabilization project; the creation of the state's first economic impact study model; the development of a nationally recognized dance residency program; the evaluation and design of highly-acclaimed arts in education programs; the establishment of an arts standards and assessment commission; and the institution of the agency's first strategic planning process.

President Fitzgibbon is married to artist Scott Cameron and has two sons, Stuart Cameron who is employed at the PFM Group in Philadelphia and Ross Cameron who is a senior at Bard College majoring in biology.