Marvin G. Parnes, Interim Executive Director
Marvin G. Parnes participated in the establishment of a2ru and ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan, where he recently retired after being on staff for more than forty years after which he served as consultant to the ArtsEngine/a2ru Executive Director. At U-M, he served for many years as Associate Vice President for Research, and in his last years, as Managing Director of the Institute for Social Research. In the Office of the Vice President, he was responsible for managing funds for faculty research and creative activity, and was instrumental in developing new interdisciplinary research and training units. He has held leadership roles in many local, state, and national organizations and associations, including the Council on Governmental Relations, the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the NIH Office of Intramural Research National Advisory Council. Mr. Parnes was instrumental in the establishment of Imagining America, a national consortium of 90 colleges and universities, and their partners, that emphasizes the possibilities of humanities, arts, and design in knowledge-generating initiatives. The organization was founded at U-M in 1999 and is now administered at University of California, Davis. As Chair of the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, he helped to incubate the Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization that advocates for the arts in the greater Ann Arbor region, and in September, will become Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.