WHARTON CENTER’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE BRAND RECEIVES NATIONAL BROADWAY LEAGUE AWARDMike Brand, executive director of Wharton Center for Performing Arts, was honored at this year’s Broadway League Conference in New York City with the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award. This is the highest award that can be given to an executive of a performing arts center affiliated with touring Broadway, and speaks volumes about Brand’s vision, leadership and respect within the industry. The Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement among presenters, was given to Brand on Tuesday, May 12 for demonstrating excellence in management and leadership. At Michigan State University’s Wharton Center, Brand supervises a dedicated staff and oversees planning and programming a diverse season of entertainment in four venues: the Cobb Great Hall, Pasant Theatre, MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. Brand has nearly 35 years of performing arts experience as a performer, teacher and presenter. Prior to his appointment at Wharton Center, Brand served as a regional vice president for Clear Channel Entertainment, overseeing the Baltimore and Minneapolis regional offices. From 1986 through 1994, he served as the first vice president for programming and marketing at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brand’s performing credits include 16 seasons performing trumpet with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as regular engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Brand held artist-in-residence contracts with Carleton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.