Henry Timms.

Lincoln Center Appoints 92nd Street Y’s Henry Timms as President

Henry Timms, the director of the 92nd Street Y, the nonprofit cultural center on New York’s Upper East Side, will be the next president of Lincoln Center—the complex that houses the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic, among other independent organizations.
The institution has had a tumultuous last few years. Its $500 million renovation project, David Geffen Hall, was scuttled in 2017, and the center has also contended with quick leadership turnover. Last year, president Deborah L. Spar left after only one year at the helm, while her predecessor, Jed Bernstein, departed after a little over two years in the post in 2016.
Timms also inherited challenges at the Y, which programs music and lecture series, among other events, and has a $69 million annual budget (a little over half of Lincoln Center’s). Ten days after Timms was appointed the Y’s director in 2014, his predecessor Sol Adler committed suicide after getting fired for having an affair with a colleague.
Katherine Farley, Lincoln Center’s board chairwoman, told the New York Times: “He inherited a very tough, tragic, complicated situation, any way you look at it. His temperament is one of collaboration; he seems to have a low ego need.”
Timms grew up in Exeter, England, and is the coauthor of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World—and How to Make It Work for You, a book published last year about participant-driven power and organizations.
“I don’t think you should ever pretend that there aren’t some real, and interesting, management challenges here,” Timms said of his appointment. “But I think it’s the case that every constituent’s best interest is served in a collaborative culture.”