Todd M. Ahrens of Bowling Green has been named director of development at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), Carol Bintz, chief operating officer, has announced.
He succeeds Susan Palmer, who retired from the position in June but continues her long service and dedication to the Museum as a Docent and supporter.
Ahrens comes to TMA with more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit arts and educational fundraising, marketing and finance, and 10 years of senior-level management experience.
“We are delighted that Todd has accepted our offer and is rejoining our development office, this time as its director,” said Bintz, who noted Ahrens previously worked at TMA. “With his knowledge of the Museum and newly restructured development operations, Todd is well-equipped to lead our team of development professionals,” she said.
Ahrens began his career at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1991, working as an assistant to the controller and later as a marketing assistant for subscription sales. He came to the Toledo Museum of Art for the first time in 1997 and spent the next eight years working in various development positions, including a stint as interim director of development in 2003-2004.
He became director of advancement at St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo in 2005, and later from 2008–2010, was development director for the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Most recently Ahrens served as director of leadership gifts at the University of Findlay, where he was responsible for managing the university’s major gift officers and support staff. His efforts helped the institution exceed its fundraising goals during the past two years, surpassing a campaign goal of $40 million more than two years ahead of schedule. While there he also developed an endowment campaign plan for The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books.
A community service leader, Ahrens is a past board member of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the Black Swamp Arts Festival, the Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Foundation, the Ohio Museums Association and the Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and German from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (1989) and a master’s degree in German from Bowling Green State University (1991).
Corrections: June 9,2016
Ahrens was appointed back in 2013.